A man caught drink driving while on a short journey to buy milk was fined and banned yesterday – as it emerged seven motorists were caught for alleged drink driving offences in the Highlands and Islands over the weekend.
Daniel Kay, 20, of Westford, Alness, admitted driving while almost three times the legal limit on Friday after going the shop for a relative in Milnafua, a short distance away.
He was fined £667 and banned for a year after appearing at Inverness Sheriff Court yesterday.
Police Scotland said he was among seven men aged between 20 and 39 reported to the procurator fiscal in relation to alleged drink driving offences over the weekend in Kirkwall, Alness, Inverness, Nairn and Fort William.
Sergeant David Miller, of Police Scotland’s Roads Policing Unit, said: “The consequences of drink or drug driving are well known and it is disappointing that some people still believe it is acceptable to get behind the wheel under the influence.
“It is an entirely selfish act which puts your own life in danger, as well as other innocent road users.
“When you are caught you will face prosecution which will have life-changing consequences, with the possibility of losing your licence, vehicle and livelihood. The only thing you will gain is a criminal record.
“If you are going to be drinking alcohol, make sure you make travel plans in advance and leave your car at home.
“Anyone with concerns about a suspected drink or drug driver is urged to contact 101 or 999 in an emergency. You can also pass on concerns anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”