Tipper driver was more than tipsy on motorway

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Three men have been charged with drink driving – one was seven times over the limit, another was four times and the other was caught driving a tipper truck on the motorway.

The Scania truck was being driven the southbound carriageway of the M80 at Pirnhall at around 2.55pm on Friday when Forth Valley road policing officers stopped it following concerned calls from the public about the way it was being driven.

The 49-year-old driver failed the roadside breath test and was found to be six times over the legal drink drive limit. Police say he was due to appear at Falkirk Sheriff Court today.

On Saturday, a 48-year-old driver was found to be seven times over the limit after being stopped by police in his Volkswagen Golf in Alloa’s King Street at around 3pm.

Later that day another man failed a roadside breath test and was found to be four times the limit in his Transit van with two kids in the vehicle. He had stopped for assistance after the van broke down in Kilsyth Road in Haggs.

The 36-year-old was charged for drink driving and domestic offences. Both men are due to appear in Stirling Sheriff Court today.

Inspector Roddy MacMillan from the Trunk Road Patrol Group for the East of Scotland said: “Thanks to a combination of community vigilance and targeted police action three men were found to be driving under the influence of alcohol over the weekend and will all now appear in court for these offences.

“Drink driving puts not only the driver, but all other road users at risk and we will not tolerate such blatant disregard for public safety.

“I am very disappointed to note that each driver was substantially over the drink drive limit. I want to reiterate our message, that no amount of alcohol is safe when you are getting behind the wheel of a car.

“Anyone found to be driving over the limit will be charged, will go to court and will lose their driving licence and possibly their livelihood.

“We continue to carry out regular patrols across the road network as well as acting on information from the public to identify offenders, so please do not risk it.”