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Hendry Disappointed By Latest Grampian Drink-Drive Figures

>> 30 December 2011

Vice-convener of Grampian Police Joint Board and former police officer Cllr Allan Hendry has expressed disappointment after Grampian Police saw a 42% increase in the number of drink and drug drivers over the first three weeks of their Christmas campaign from 36 detections in 2010 to 51 over the same period this year.

Commenting, the SNP councillor said:

“This is deeply disappointing, especially after all the warnings and the high profile launch of the festive drink/drug driving campaign this year.  I was further disappointed to note that nearly 25% of those detected were young men and women aged between 17-25 years of age.
 
“It was highlighted during the launch of the campaign, and I certainly stated quite clearly at that time, that officers of Grampian Police Roads Policing Department would be extremely active during the festive season and that individuals who drove whilst under the influence of drink/drugs would be detected and prosecuted.  Sadly it appears the warning has not been heeded and as a result 51 individuals will find themselves in court with a likelihood of losing their drivers licence which in turn will impact upon their lives and possibly their families lives.
 
“My plea to Grampian motorists is to enjoy the festivities but to do so sensibly: heed the warnings being given and DO NOT drink and drive.”

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