The Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland (ACPOS) has launched its festive drink and drug drive campaign with the threat of vehicle seizure for those caught well over the limit.
Joining forces with law enforcement partners and the Scottish Government, this year’s campaign sees the introduction of tough new measures, targeting first time offenders who are three times the legal limit or more and those who refuse to provide a sample without a reasonable excuse.
As well as receiving a criminal record, a substantial fine and an automatic 12 month ban, these drivers may now have their vehicle seized and, on conviction, have it taken away for good.
Chief constable Justine Curran, ACPOS vice president, said: “This year’s campaign marks another extension to the Vehicle Forfeiture Scheme. If we discover through our inquiries that an offender is three times the legal limit or more we will request that the court gives consideration to seizing and forfeiting the offender’s vehicle. This means that, on conviction, the vehicle will be sold or destroyed.
“The initiative has been a resounding success which can be attributed to the hard work and support of all the partner agencies involved. 702 repeat offenders have been caught, with 155 vehicles forfeited and a further 18 vehicles seized pending a decision by the court."
For more information contact ACPOS on 0141 435 1241.