A 20-year-old woman reported for drink-driving on Sunday morning (June 30th) was one of ten drivers reported in connection with drink driving offences in the Highlands and Islands during the last week.

Nine men - aged from 18 to 60 – also have been, or will be, reported in connection with alleged drink driving. The 58-year-old man will be reported in connection with two incidents within the week.

Offences were detected across the region, including Shetland, Orkney, the Isle of Lewis, Caithness, Sutherland Easter Ross, the Black Isle and Inverness.

All of the offences were detected during the first week of a national campaign targeting drink and drug drivers this summer.

Road Policing Inspector Neil Lumsden said: "We have been very clear that driving under the influence of drink or drugs will never be tolerated by police or by the wider community. It is frustrating that the message is still not sinking in for some drivers.

"Being intoxicated by alcohol or an illegal drug significantly reduces your ability to drive safely. It is a selfish act which puts the safety of entirely innocent road users in danger.

“You are also putting your own life at risk and when you are caught you will face prosecution which will have life-changing consequences, with the possibility of losing your licence, vehicle and livelihood, while gaining a criminal record. You have to ask yourself if it is worth it?

"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."