Scotland

Reveller drove forklift truck home

A man was caught driving a forklift truck home on Hogmanay while twice the legal alcohol limit, police have revealed.

He was among the 462 motorists caught during the month-long crackdown on drink and drug driving over the festive period.

The figure was down from the 496 caught the previous year.

But police pledged to keep the pressure on motorists flouting the law throughout the new year.

The campaign led by the Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland (Acpos) ran from 3 December to 3 January.

Officers said the 20-year-old forklift driver was caught on the road between Forfar and Quilko.

He had taken the vehicle from his employer's yard because he could not get a taxi home.

'Outdated attitudes'

Also among those caught was a man arrested after being spotted staggering from his vehicle while six times the legal alcohol limit in the Strathclyde force area.

Another driver in the same area undertook a marked police car at speeds of more than 100mph on New Year's Day before hitting a central barrier and a lamppost.

In Fife, a driver who hit a pedestrian in a car park on 27 December later proved to be nearly twice the legal limit.

Dep Ch Con Tom Ewing, who heads the Acpos road policing unit, said: "This year's campaign may be over but that does not mean that police officers will be ignoring the scourge of drink and drug driving.

"Quite the reverse in fact; it will be part of routine night and day to look out for those who are prepared to take the risk.

"We will track these people down using every means at our disposal and bring them to justice."

Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill said: "We may have moved into a new year but it's clear some drivers still hold outdated attitudes and think it's okay to drink and drive.

"Sadly we've already seen hundreds of drivers ignore the risks and put lives in danger in the last few weeks. That is absolutely deplorable in this day and age and these people will find out the hard way that their actions will be met with the full force of the law."

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