Call to arm police with Tasers as assaults on officers reach record levels
New figures released by Police Scotland show there were 562 recorded assaults on officers if the first quarter of 2019/20. If assaults continue at the same rate over the course of the full year, it will mean more than 2,000 separate attacks on officers over the 12 months – the highest total in at least five years. In 2015/16 there were 898 assaults recorded. Scottish Police Federation chairwoman Andrea MacDonald said: “The figures reflect what is coming through to us – it is happening more often. “There are a number of reasons. Society in general has less respect and sentencing doesn’t help – courts frequently accept plea bargains on assault for lesser sentences, so there is no real deterrent.”
Drug driving law comes into effect today, with swab kits now available to Police Scotland
A new law which introduces strict drug drive limits has come into effect, with Police Scotland now able to carry out immediate tests using mouth swabs for any motorist they suspect of drug driving, or who have been involved in a collision or stopped for a traffic offence. If the test is positive, drivers will be arrested. Statistically, people are up to three times more likely to be killed or seriously injured in a road crash when driving after taking cannabis, rising to 10 times for cocaine. Combining drugs or taking drugs and alcohol also multiplies your risk of being involved in a crash.
Police will be testing Edinburgh drivers for drugs as new law comes into force
Starting on Monday, a new law which takes a zero-tolerance approach to drug driving has come into force in Scotland. The new law means police can use mouth swabs to test drivers for drugs at the roadside. Officers can test anyone they suspect of driving under the influence of drugs as well as those stopped for traffic offences and accidents. If the test comes back positive the a driver will be arrested and they can face fines of up to £5000, a driving ban or six months in jail.