96 stopped over alcohol and drugs

Almost 100 people were caught driving while under the influence of drink or drugs in the first week of a crackdown in Scotland.

Police stopped 96 motorists for these offences since July 5, down from 122 for the same time in 2009. Four were repeat offenders who may now have their vehicles seized.

The Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland (Acpos) co-ordinated part of the campaign, with police praising members of the public who reported many of the motorists concerned.

Chief Superintendent Brian Anderson, of Dumfries and Galloway Constabulary, who leads on drink and drug driving for Acpos, said: "I am encouraged by these figures, but they are certainly no cause for celebration as drivers are continuing to disregard the safety of other road users and themselves by driving whilst unfit to do so.

"One encouraging fact which has been noted is the support from members of the public, who are reporting suspect offenders to the police.

"Figures were collated this year as to how these offences are reported and over a fifth of all persons charged were detected as a result of a member of the public contacting the police."

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