Ayrshire Road Policing Officers support Brake's safety campaign
Road Policing Officers are carrying out patrols and stopping vehicles on roads throughout Ayrshire this week to support the road safety charity Brake.
The Brake safety campaign runs from Monday, 15 November, to Sunday, 21 November. It will see officers continuing their efforts to make our roads safer by targeting those drivers who choose to drive while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Officers will also be encouraging drivers to keep safe and ensure that they remain vigilant over maintaining the roadworthy condition of their vehicles.
Sergeant Craig Beaver from the Divisional Road Policing Unit based in Irvine said: “We are supporting Brake’s campaign while continuing our ongoing road safety work to encourage drivers to take more care. Officers are carrying out patrols and checks to take action against those who ignore all safety advice and drive while they are under the influence of alcohol or drugs. This is a known cause in fatal and serious injury collisions and it can seriously impair judgement. Everyone reacts differently to alcohol and drugs and we are urging drivers to take their personal responsibility seriously and ensure that they are fit to drive.
“Don’t put others at risk. We can test for drink and drug driving at the roadside and if you are found to be over the limit, you will be arrested.
“This campaign also aims to target those drivers who risk their own safety and the safety of others by using vehicles that are not roadworthy. Some drivers let their vehicles develop serious defects that are illegal and very dangerous. Any defects that can affect the stopping distance, handling or visibility could have very severe consequences. Officers will be checking tyres, lights and the general condition of the vehicles they stop.”
“If you have any concerns regarding someone driving whilst under the influence of drink or drugs then please call us so we can take action.”