Drink drive arrests prompt drink drive warning and safe driving advice for Autumn from Police Scotland

Two drivers in Aberdeen have been charged in relation to alleged drink driving offences one reported for allegedly being 8 times over the drink-drive limit and the second man allegedly being five times over the legal drink drive limit.

Two drivers in Aberdeen have been charged in relation to alleged drink driving offences in the last two days having been detected at several times over the legal drink drive limit.

A 31 year old man was charged and appeared at Aberdeen Sheriff Court yesterday (Thursday 13 September 2018) having been stopped driving on Gray Street in Aberdeen in the early hours of Thursday. He was reported for allegedly being 8 times over the drink drive limit.

Meanwhile a 22 year old man was charged today (Friday 14 September 2018) after being allegedly detected at being almost 5 times over the legal drink drive limit in the early hours of this morning in the Market Street area in Aberdeen. He is expected to appear at court at a later date.

Road Policing Inspector, Neil Morrison, said

The fatal consequences of drink or drug driving are widely known so it is disappointing that drivers still think that it is acceptable to take this risk.

Quite simply, if you are going to drive then do not drink. Use public transport or licenced taxis or decide on a designated driver.

Also, if you have been out drinking make sure you leave plenty of time the following morning before getting behind the wheel.

For those who are detected and charged in relation to drink/drug driving it is a minimum 12 month driving ban, a criminal record, a substantial fine and the possibility of a prison sentence.

With the weather starting to feel more and more autumnal, our Road Policing officers are also encouraging road users to be mindful of the changing conditions in order to stay safe.

Inspector Neil Morrison, said

After the fantastic summer we’ve had with long summer days and nights, the change in weather means everyone needs to start adapting their driving.

With the mornings and evenings getting darker, I would remind motorists and cyclists to use headlights to ensure other road users see them. Be mindful that if your car is fitted with ‘daytime running lights’ (normally LED’s at the front), very often your rear lights will not be lit.

Equally, the sun may dazzle at points in the morning and evening. Use your vehicle’s sun visors and reduce your speed and be mindful of stopping distances.

The weather continues to be dry at the moment but after prolonged dry weather roads can become more slippery following the first fall of rain so take extra care in rainy conditions. Watch your speed, especially on bends and roundabouts, and leave plenty of distance between yourself and the vehicle in front.

Motorcyclists and cyclists will be looking to enjoy days out on the road before winter starts so I would ask drivers to please be mindful of them on the road and take extra care at junctions and when overtaking.

Similarly I would ask those on two wheels to take care whilst out on the roads, especially country ones, and the ride responsibly.

This time of year is a great time to be out on the North East’s roads enjoying the beautiful scenery and changing colours. We want all road users to be able to enjoy the roads so would ask everyone to take care on the roads and to drive or ride responsibly and considerately.

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