Over 4000 drivers tested

In the third week of the Scottish Government’s Festive Drink Drive campaign, 110 motorists were found to be over the legal alcohol limit.

A further 10 offenders were found to be unfit to drive due to the effects of drink or drugs.

Over 4200 drivers were breathalysed by police from December 20-27 – approximately 605 people every day – meaning the chances of getting caught remain high and the message to avoid drinking any alcohol before getting behind the wheel remains important.

Head of Road Policing for Police Scotland, Superintendent Iain Murray, said: “While people were enjoying Christmas celebrations last week, officers across Scotland remained vigilant and breathalysed 4246 motorists. Of those, 120 people had chosen to ignore the warnings and drive a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and they will now face criminal proceedings.

“We still need the public’s help to catch offenders and would ask that if you suspect anyone of driving under the influence of drink or drugs to report it promptly. You can do so anonymously by calling the independent charity Crimestoppers on freephone 0800 555 111 or directly to Police Scotland on 101 or 999 in an emergency.”

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

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.

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.