Crackdown on drink and drug drivers

Motorists in Scotland who drive while under the influence of drink or drugs are the subject of a nationwide crackdown.

If disqualified motorists who were caught in last year's initiative are found driving under the influence again then they could see their vehicle crushed.

Drivers who take drugs or drink face losing their licence with an automatic 12-month ban, as well as a fine of up to £5,000, officers have said. Members of the public who suspect anyone of drink or drug driving can call their local police station or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Head of the Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland's (Acpos) road policing section Ch Supt Brian Anderson, who is from Dumfries and Galloway Constabulary, said: "With the summer months now upon us and potentially many more motorists travelling across Scotland to visit the major attractions, I would urge drivers to act responsibly and not to the risk of either killing or seriously injuring themselves or others but to be aware of the consequences of being caught for drink or drug driving.

"Last year officers in Scotland caught over 8,500 people who were prepared to take the risk.

"Those drivers will currently be disqualified and if these people are caught for a second time, we will be requesting that their vehicle is forfeited, which may result in the vehicle being crushed."

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