Warning issued against drink and drug driving

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DRIVERS are being urged not to spoil the party this summer by getting behind the wheel after drinking alcohol or taking drugs.

The summer of 2012 is packed with major events like the Common-Riding, Olympic Games and European Football Championships and police are keen for people to enjoy every moment while not putting themselves and others in danger.

As in previous campaigns to crack down on drink and drug driving, local police officers will use every means at their disposal over the next two weeks to detect drivers who choose to flout the law.

Chief Superintendent Derek Robertson of Lothian and Borders Police, road casualty reduction lead for the Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland, said: “During last summer’s campaign we detected 245 people for drink driving and 21 who were unfit through drugs in Scotland.

“That is totally unacceptable and it is worth remembering that many of those people will still be serving a driving ban today.

“We should all be aware that drink or drug driving puts lives at risk.”