festive warning

Launch of Drink Drive Campaign
Launch of Drink Drive Campaign

Three people have been arrested for drink driving offences in East Dunbartonshire during the first week of a police crackdown.

Police carried out special patrols in the area to catch “morning after” drivers as tough new laws came into force. They will also be carrying out spot checks throughout the festive period.

A 44-year-old man was arrested on Henderland Road, Bearsden at 8pm and a 40-year-old man was arrested in Kirkintilloch Road, Bishopbriggs at 9.45pm last Friday - they are alleged to have been over the drink driving limit and a 29-year-old man was arrested at 5.06am last Saturday in Achray Gardens, Milngavie.

Inspector John Hunter, of Kirkintilloch Police, hopes the message will prevent drivers risking being over the new limit.

He said: “We don’t want people being caught, we want to influence drivers’ behaviour.”

Until last week the limit was 80mg of alcohol in every 100ml of blood – that has now dropped to just 50mg, meaning a single glass of wine or pint of beer could put you over the limit to drive.

An average of 20 people die on Scotland’s roads every year in accidents involving drivers over the legal limit.

Justice Secretary Michael Matheson said: “We are sending a clear message to drivers who continue to ignore the warnings that there is never an excuse to drink and drive.”

Police Scotland Assistant Chief Constable Bernard Higgins said: “Far too many people die or are injured each year on Scotland’s roads as a result of drink driving and the irresponsible disregard shown by drink drivers for not only their own safety but that of other road users and pedestrians.

“Remember if you do drink and drive, it can have long-term repercussions for you, your family and your 
community.

“It could cost you your job, your reputation or potentially your life, and your actions could affect innocent parties.

“If you are going out for a drink then leave the car at home.”