A TWENTY seven year old man from Shetland was among ten drivers reported for drink driving across the Highlands and Islands during the first week of a national campaign.
Nine men – aged 18, 18, 27, 31, 37, 37, 58, 59 and 60 – and a 20-year-old woman have been or will be reported in the region in connection with alleged drink driving in the last week.
Offences were detected across the region, including Shetland, Orkney, the Isle of Lewis, Caithness, Sutherland Easter Ross, the Black Isle and Inverness.
Road policing inspector Neil Lumsden said: “We have been very clear that driving under the influence of drink or drugs will never be tolerated by police or by the wider community.
“It is frustrating that the message is still not sinking in for some drivers.
“Being intoxicated by alcohol or an illegal drug significantly reduces your ability to drive safely It is a selfish act which puts the safety of entirely innocent road users in danger.
“You are also putting your own life at risk and when you are caught you will face prosecution which will have life-changing consequences, with the possibility of losing your licence, vehicle and livelihood, while gaining a criminal record.”
Anyone with concerns about a suspected drink or drug driver is urged to contact 101 or 999 in an emergency. People can also pass on concerns anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
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