Drivers getting the Don’t Drink and Drive message

Police say the don’t drink and drive message appears to be getting through to local motorists.

Four people were arrested in East Dunbartonshire for drink driving over the festive season.

Until recently 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.

Inspector Iain Greene, deputy area commander for East Dunbartonshire, said: “Unfortunately ten people died as a result of drink driving and 100 were seriously injured on the roads in Scotland in the last 12 months.

“I have seen at first hand the results and devastating consequences that drink driving has in our communities and on the families and friends of both the driver and victims involved.”

Inspector Greene said local residents had identified road safety as a key policing priority.

He added: “My commitment to keep people safe on the roads in East Dunbartonshire is based on a preventative approach making use of visible patrolling and unmarked vehicles to influence driver behaviour.”