Everyday medicines that could see you with a £5000 fine or driving ban under new drug-driving laws
Many of us will be battling coughs, sneezes and the sniffles this winter. But if you’re reaching for the painkillers as well as the hankies, you should remember that some everyday medicines could impair your driving. It’s an offence in England, Scotland, and Wales to get behind the wheel with specified limits of certain drugs in your blood.
FEELING BLUE Leaving Bluetooth on lets thieves pinpoint EXACTLY where you left your phone, police warn
Thieves are scanning for Bluetooth signals to locate your gadgets before pinching them, police have warned. Enterprising crooks use smartphone apps to pinpoint exactly where you’re keeping an item – before making off with it.
Stewartry police call on residents to “keep helping us to help you” over the festive period
Police in Stewartry are calling on residents to “keep helping us to help you” over the festive period. Although one of the safest areas in the country, shoplifting and alcohol related crime are expected to rise ahead of Christmas. Community policing Sergeant Colin Scott says his team’s work would be “impossible” without the help of members of the public and is calling on them to look after each other over the next few weeks.
Campaign to introduce random testing of drivers would affect motorists in East Kilbride
Brake are calling for police to be given new powers to set up vehicle checkpoints and randomly test drivers for the presence of drink and drugs. Road safety campaigners are calling for random testing to be introduced to help curb the increasing number of drink / drug driving related incidents. The calls come ahead of the festive season, which usually sees a spike in such incidents, and follows research by road safety charity Brake, who revealed most drivers would support random drug and alcohol testing by the police.