Festive drink drive campaign success

The message is clear - don't drink and drive
The message is clear - don't drink and drive

Even more drivers have been caught drunk at the wheel or on drugs in the second week of the Scottish Government’s Festive Drink Drive campaign.

A total of 101 motorists were over the legal alcohol limit and a further seven were unfit to drive due to the effect of drugs.

Over 6,000 drivers were breathalysed by police from December 13 to 20 – around 873 people every day – meaning the chances of getting caught are high and the message is still to avoid drinking any alcohol before getting behind the wheel.

Head of road policing for Police Scotland, Superintendent Iain Murray, said: “So far we’ve detected 194 individuals who have chosen to ignore the warnings and drive a vehicle whilst under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

“No matter how much or how little over the limit they may have been, they have all broken the law and we will deal with them like we would any criminal.

“We’re continuing to ask members of the public who suspect anyone of driving while under the influence to report it to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, to report it to their local police office by dialing 101 or calling 999 in an emergency.”

The Festive Drink Drive campaign is being delivered by the Scottish Government in partnership with Road Safety Scotland (part of Transport Scotland), Police Scotland, the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service.

Research shows that less than one in four drivers in Scotland are aware that drink driving results in a criminal record which stays with them for a minimum of 20 years.

This season’s campaign aims to raise awareness that there is no grey area for drink drivers in Scotland - no matter how little over the limit a driver may be, in the eyes of the law they are still a criminal. For more go to www.dontriskit.info