Concerns raised over drink-driving on islands

Police area commander Lindsay Tulloch.Shetland area commander chief inspector Lindsay Tulloch.

CONCERNS have been raised in some of Shetland’s island communities over a “perceived resurgence” in drink-driving.

Police chief inspector Lindsay Tulloch told a meeting of Shetland’s community safety and resilience board on Wednesday that he had heard worries from community councils over the issue.

Whalsay-based North Isles councillor Duncan Simpson had also raised the matter at a previous meeting of the board.

Tulloch wrote in a report to board members that “there are no recorded reports from the public relating to drink driving in these communities”.

“This would indicate there is a reluctance in reporting these incidents to police,” he said.

“It is anticipated this proactivity in relation to drink driving will reassure communities and seek out offenders.”

Tulloch told the meeting that the issue is a “challenge for me, and it’s something we are looking at”.

He admitted that “we can’t be everywhere all the time”, which is why police relied on the support of local communities in providing information.