Drink driving warning after incidents in Orkney

Published 25 January 2018

Police in Orkney have warned that drink driving will not be tolerated in the islands after three incidents were detected in just four days.

All three incidents - including one on the outer isle of Sanday and others in the Holm and Stromness areas - have been reported to the Procurator Fiscal.

Incidents were detected on Friday, January 19, Monday, January 22 and Tuesday, January 23 - resulting in men aged 56, 47 and 51-years-old being reported.

The 51-year-old appeared at Kirkwall Sheriff Court on Wednesday, January 24.

Orkney area commander Chief Inspector Matt Webb said: "Our message is very clear - drink driving will not be tolerated on Orkney any more than it would anywhere else.

"Anyone who has a drink and then gets behind the wheel of a vehicle is not only putting their own lives at risk, they are also putting every other innocent road user in danger.

"These recent incidents are disappointing but they also show we will take action against drivers suspected of drink driving.

"Our advice is that if you need to drive then do not take any alcohol. If you are planning to have a drink then plan ahead and make sure you have transport home.

"Anyone who ignores this and chooses to drink and drive is risking a criminal record and having their vehicle seized, not to mention endangering their life and livelihood.

"I would urge anyone who has any concerns about people drinking and driving to report the information to the police on 101 or via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111."

Contact Details

Call 101 for non-emergencies and general policing matters, in an emergency call 999. If you have information about a crime you can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

If your email enquiry is relating to the UK or Scottish Governments coronavirus guidance please refer to gov.scot/coronavirus. If it is a medical enquiry regarding coronavirus please refer to nhsinform.scot/coronavirus.

Your Community

Find out more about local policing issues in this area by visiting: Highlands and Islands, Orkney

Originally Published: