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Highlands police reinforce safety message after 51 people arrested for drink and drug driving offences

By Louise Glen

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Police in the Highland and Islands are re-enforcing a strong road safety message after the recent festive drink and drug drive campaign which saw 24 people arrested for drink driving and 27 arrested for drug driving across the divisional area.

Highland police inspector Donnie Mackinnon called the figures disappointing, saying consequences of driving under the influence had "catastrophic" consequences.

Inspector Mackinnon from the Road Policing Division based in Dingwall said: “It is extremely disappointing to see that there continues to be a number of people who knowingly take risks and place themselves, and others in danger.

"Driving whilst under the influence of drink or drugs can have catastrophic consequences and I urge those who think it is acceptable to seriously consider the impact that it can have on you, your family, friends and wider community.

He added: "Additionally, this behaviour impacts our emergency service partners on what is a particularly challenging time so I appeal to the public to read and fully comply with government guidelines which are in place for all our safety."

If you have information or concerns about anyone who may be drink or drug driving, please call us on 101. Information from the public can help take dangerous drivers off the road and also helps us to identify areas where we may need to increase proactive patrols.”

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