Cops say woman was 3 times limit for driving

A MEDICAL secretary was arrested after allegedly being found to be three times the limit after she was involved in a road crash.

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The 52-year-old failed a breath test after officers tried to find the driver of the vehicle involved in an accident in Airdrie, North Lanarkshire.

Police said the accident happened around 5.30pm on Monday, December 3.

Officers said the woman was taken to Coatbridge Police Office and gave a breath sample more than three times the legal limit.

And it could result in her car being seized as a forfeiture request for her Vauxhall Corsa was made.

The incident was reported in figures from the Assoc-iation of Chief Police Officers in Scotland (ACPOS) Festive Drink Drug Drive campaign.

The national campaign targets those who drive after taking excess alcohol or drugs.

In the first week alone 115 people were found driving over the legal alcohol limit.

Seven were found driving under the influence of drugs.

Other incidents include a 38-year-old woman in Paisley who was taken to Govan Police Office after hitting metal bollard in the town's Glencairn Road.

She was arrested after being found to be more than three times the limit.

A 60-year-old man involved in a crash on Canniesburn Road in Glasgow was arrested for being three-and-half times the limit.

Also in Glasgow, a 45-year-old man was stopped in Oxford Street, Tradeston, and arrested for driving while unfit through drugs.

On Saturday night a 35-year-old man was stopped in Duntocher Road, Clydebank, for going through a red light. He subsequently failed a roadside breath test.

He was taken to Clydebank Police office and provided a specimen for breath which was nearly twice the legal limit.

A vehicle forfeiture was requested due to a previous conviction for drink-driving within the last five years.

Deputy Chief Constable Tom Ewing, who leads on road policing matters for ACPOS, said: "Already during this campaign more than 120 people have ignored the warnings and driven a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. This is not acceptable and as a society we must work together to end the scourge of drink and drug driving.

"I would once again urge people who suspect anyone of driving while under the influence to contact the police via their local office, by dialling 999 or anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555111."

It is estimated that one in nine deaths on Scottish roads involve drivers over the legal limit. Anyone convicted of drink-driving or driving while on drugs risks a 12-month ban, a fine of up to £5000 or a jail sentence.

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