Police in North Ayrshire have charged an HGV driver in connection with drink driving offences after they were found to be allegedly three times over the legal limit.
Officers pulled over the driver of the 44-tonne artic in Irvine at around 6.40am on 15 January after information was received that the driver was under the influence of alcohol. The driver, a 52-year-old woman, provided a positive road side breath test and was arrested at the scene. She was taken to Saltcoats Police Station and found to be allegedly three times over the limit. Police said the woman was released and the circumstances of the incident have been reported to the Procurator Fiscal. She is expected to appear in court at a later date.
Sergeant Ian Thornton of Ayrshire police’s road policing unit said its recent festive drink and drug drive campaign resulted in over 500 motorists being reported for drink drug drive offences – 28 of these were morning after drinking.
He said: “The dangers of drink driving are well known, however, when someone behind the wheel of an articulated lorry is under the influence of alcohol, the potential for this to have serious injury or fatal consequences intensifies. Stopping drink driving does rely on information provided to us from the public, and I would like to thank everyone who reports concerning driver behaviour to us.”