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Drink and drug driving concerns grow

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By Christie Breen
Annan and Eskdale
Drink and drug driving concerns grow

MORE drink and drug driving incidents have been recorded by Dumfries and Galloway Police Division this week including a motorcyclist being caught twice in as many days.

Officers have been carrying out targeted patrols across the region and many motorists have been caught out driving under the influence.

This week alone a motorcyclist with a passenger was riding under the influence of drugs. Police seized their motorcycle and they were charged with a number of other offences too.

One driver was on the A75 five times over the limit. A motorcyclist was caught twice in two days under the influence. They were held in custody to appear at Dumfries Sheriff Court the following day.

Meanwhile, a driver on the M74 was stopped for speeding and found to be doing so under the influence of drugs.

Inspector Gavin McHallum is concerned about the high number of offences being recorded. He said: “The number of drivers we are detecting driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs is of great concern. The actions of these people is completely irresponsible and foolish. They have no regard for the risk they put themselves and others in.

“People who take drugs need to realise that the effects of these substances can remain in your system for some time and will impede your ability to drive.

“Officers will be carrying out targeted patrols in an effort to crack down on this behaviour and I would urge any member of the public who have information on drivers who are reckless enough to risk driving with alcohol or drugs in their system to contact us immediately.”

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