Police in Scottish Borders join drink and drug-drive purge

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A TWO-WEEK blitz by police on drivers who get behind the wheel after drinking or taking drugs is underway, writes Bob Burgess.

It was launched on Monday by the Association of Chief Police Officers for Scotland.

Police say they will use every means at their disposal to catch offending motorists.

And they have urged people to shop suspect drivers by alerting police or Crimestoppers.

Heading the Scotland-wide campaign is Chief Superintendent Derek Robertson of Lothian and Borders Police.

He said: “During last summer’s campaign we detected 245 people for drink driving and 21 who were unfit through drugs throughout Scotland.

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

“There is a clear link between driving impairment through drink or drugs and road crashes in which people, many of them unconnected with the driver, are killed or seriously injured.”

A police spokesman at the Borders divisional headquarters in Hawick said: “The Borders is a beautiful place to live, work and visit and we are keen that people ensure they drive safely in the area.”