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Police arrest 10 drivers in connection with drink or drug driving offences in the Highlands during first weekend of summer crackdown


By Ian Duncan

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Police Scotland are targetting potential drink and drug drivers.
Police Scotland are targetting potential drink and drug drivers.

A total of 10 drivers were arrested in the Highlands on the first weekend of Police Scotland’s two-week summer drink and drug driving operation.

The operation began on Saturday and is due to run until Sunday, July 12, with officers from the road policing division carrying out intelligence-led high visibility patrols to deter and detect offenders.

Four men, aged between 20 and 44, failed roadside drug tests and have been arrested in relation to alleged drug driving – two were arrested in Inverness, one in Aviemore and one in Alness.

Six drink drivers were also stopped over the course of the weekend, including a 26-year-old woman in Alness.

A 46-year-old woman provided a positive breath test and was taken to hospital for treatment to minor injuries after being involved in a one vehicle collision on the A832 near Muir of Ord.

Four men, aged between 23 and 47, were also arrested – two in Inverness, one in Golspie and one in Stornoway.

A total of five individuals have since been charged with various offences and will be reported to the Procurator Fiscal in due course .

Inspector Donnie Mackinnon from the road policing division, based in Dingwall, said: "It is extremely disappointing to see these figures for the first weekend of the campaign and highlights that there are still people who appear willing to take risks and place themselves, and others, in danger.

"It is a message we will continue to enforce: driving whilst under the influence of drink or drugs is entirely unacceptable, the consequences of which can be catastrophic, so please make the sensible decision to think twice and don’t do it.

"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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