Police Scotland Lochgilphead: police reports for week to 3rd June 2013

Road Policing
At 3.05pm on Thursday 23rd May on the A83 Corran Roundabout in Lochgilphead, police had cause to stop a car being driven by a 44 year old female. Enquiries showed that the car was being driven without a current MOT certificate and the female was duly reported to the Procurator Fiscal.

At 9pm on Wednesday 29th May police were called to the A83 at Strone Point, Inveraray in relation to a reported road traffic collision between a motorbike and car. No person was injured as a result of the incident which resulted in the 42 year old male rider of the motorbike being reported for a road traffic offence in respect to driving without due care and attention.

At 5.50pm on Thursday 30th May police were called to the A816 near to Croabh Haven, Lochgilphead in relation to a reported road traffic incident involving a motorbike. On arrival police ascertained that no other vehicle was involved, however the male rider of the motorbike sustained broken bones to his wrist, hand and heel, while the female pillion passenger sustained bruising to her back. Both were taken to Mid Argyll Hospital by ambulance and detained overnight.
The 43 year old male rider of the motorbike was later charged with a road traffic offence in respect to driving without due care and attention.

At 2.49pm on Friday 31st May on the A83 Kilmory, a 64 year old female was stopped after her car was detected at driving at 55mph in a 30mph limit.

At 11.48pm on Saturday 1st June, police stopped a car on Campbeltown Road, Tarbert after observing it driving with no lights on. After further investigation the 29 year old male driver was arrested for failing the roadside breath test and taken to Lochgilphead Police Office. After failing a second test the male was charged with drink driving.

At 4.12pm on Sunday 2nd June police were called to the A83 at Strone Point, Inveraray in relation to a reported road traffic collision between a motorbike and car. No person was injured as a result of the incident which resulted in the male rider of the motorbike being reported for a road traffic offence in respect to driving without due care and attention.

Drug Detections
At 11.45pm on Friday 31st May, while on foot patrol in Lochnell Street, Lochgilphead, police stopped a 28 year old male, at which time he was found in possession of an illegal drug. The male has been reported to the Procurator Fiscal.

At 11.45pm on Saturday 1st June, a 19 year old male was stopped by police while on Campbell Street, Lochgilphead at which time he was found in possession of an illegal drug. The male has been reported to the Procurator Fiscal.

Vandalism
At 2.30pm on Wednesday 29th May, a 25 year old male allegedly committed vandalism by damaging a door to a property in MacMillan Court, Lochgilphead. The male was arrested by police and reported to the procurator Fiscal.

Theft of Tent
Between 4pm on Tuesday 28th May and 9pm on Wednesday 29th May, an Olympus make 8 person dome tent was stolen from a garden shed situated at a house in Kilduskland Road, Ardrishaig.

If any person has information in respect to these incidents, they can contact the Police on telephone number 101.

Drink/Drug Driving Initiative launched

Police Scotland launches its summer drink/drug driving initiative on Saturday 1st June, as part of the continued commitment to making Scotland’s road safer.

The four-week move is aimed at reducing road traffic collisions and associated injuries on Scotland’s roads by reducing the number of drink or drug drivers.

Although the majority of road users are aware of the hazards, latest figures from Reported Road Casualties in Scotland 2011 shows an estimated 750 casualties on Scotland’s roads as a result of a collision (in 2011), where one of the drivers was over the drink drive limit.

Inspector Ian Martin, of Road Policing’s Trunk Road Patrol Group, says: ‘‘Our commitment to dealing with drink and drug drivers lasts throughout the year. This four-week initiative provides us with the opportunity to remind the public of the dangers of driving under the influence or drink or drugs.

‘During the summer months, there are many social events such as barbecues for family and friends or larger organised events such as town shows or village galas. All are perfect opportunities to socialise in relaxed surroundings and many people will take the opportunity to have an alcoholic drink.

‘However it is important to remember that the measures of alcoholic drinks consumed at social events can be significantly more than pub measures. Unfortunately, people can get caught up in the moment and unintentionally or otherwise over-indulge in alcohol.

‘Whatever the occasion, as responsible individuals, we all have a duty to consider the amount of alcohol we consume if we intend on driving.

‘‘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.’

‘We would also ask motorists to consider the effects that other substances may have on their ability to drive. While the dangers of illicit drugs are very much apparent, the impact of over-the-counter and prescribed medication should not be overlooked. An excess of these drugs can have a significant effect on a driver’s ability to react and perceive dangers on the road.

‘‘A combination of alcohol and drugs will undoubtedly further impair a driver’s reactions and consequently will significantly increase the risk of being involved in a collision. If you are planning to drive, then you have an individual responsibility to ensure that you do not over-indulge. The best advice is to abstain completely – DON’T RISK IT.’’

Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill says: ‘One in nine deaths on Scotland roads involve drivers who are over the legal limit. Awareness campaigns such as this one are vital to get the message through to the small minority who still chose to get behind the wheel after having too much to drink – despite all the advice. That’s why the Scottish Government is taking action to reduce drink driving limits in Scotland. Almost three quarters of those who responded to our consultation agree. Don’t risk it. Don’t drink and drive.’

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