In the first week of the Scottish Government’s Festive Drink Drive campaign, 76 motorists were found to be over the alcohol limit and a further 10 were found to be unfit to drive due to the effects of drink or drugs.
Around 5,200 drivers were breathalysed by police from December 6-13 – around 742 people every day – meaning the chances of getting caught are high and the message to avoid drinking any alcohol before getting behind the wheel is more pertinent than ever before.
Head of Road Policing for Police Scotland, Superintendent Iain Murray, said: “Already during this campaign, we’ve detected 86 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.
“I urge people who suspect anyone of driving while under the influence to report it to the independent charity 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 and 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 year’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.
In addition to a lengthy criminal record, anyone found to be over the current driving limit faces an automatic driving ban, having their car seized, a fine of up to £5,000 and the possibility of a prison sentence. If caught driving over the limit the next morning, you face the same consequences as if you’d been caught the night before.
Throughout December, a new ad is being featured across TV, radio, online and in bar washrooms to remind drivers of the serious consequences and knock-on effects for them, their livelihoods and their families of drink driving.
Should you suspect someone of drink driving, please call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or report it to your local police office by dialing 101. In an emergency, you can also dial 999.
Find out more by visiting www.dontriskit.info or the Road Safety Scotland Facebook page.