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Dumfries Police patrol streets for drivers under drug or alcohol influence

Police Scotland say road users are at a highest risk of being killed or injured because of drunk or drugged drivers at this time of the year Credit: Nithsdale Police

Police Scotland have started a week-long drink and drug driving campaign.

Police will be patrolling roads, stopping suspicious drivers to make them use a breathalyser.

They say it reflects the time of the year when statistics show Scotland's road users are at a their highest risk of being killed or injured because a driver was under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

As we head towards summer there are many additional social events for people to attend, such as barbecues with family and friends or larger organised events such as town shows or village galas.

Whatever the occasion, as responsible individuals, we all have a duty to consider the amount of alcohol we consume if we intend on driving. It is important to remember that the measures of alcoholic drinks consumed at social events can be significantly more than pub measures.

Drivers must consider that even if you make alternative arrangements to get home after an event, you could be over the limit the next day, depending upon the amount you have had to drink. The effects of alcohol do not wear off immediately and drivers must be aware of this if they intend driving the following morning. Make sure you do not get caught out.