Over 4,200 Scottish drivers breathalysed over Christmas week

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

In the third week of the Scottish Government’s Festive Drink Drive campaign, 110 motorists were found to be over the legal alcohol limit and a further 10 offenders were found to be unfit to drive due to the effects of drink or drugs.

Over 4,200 drivers were breathalysed by police from December 20th to 27th – 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: “Whilst people were enjoying Christmas celebrations last week, officers across Scotland remained vigilant and breathalysed 4,246 motorists.

“Of those, 120 people had chosen to ignore the warnings and drive a vehicle whilst under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and they will now face criminal proceedings.”

In the Western Isles, three people were arrested for drink driving during Christmas week.

On December 23rd a 39 year old female was stopped and found driving under the influence at 10.05pm on Cannary Road in Stornoway.

On December 27th a 19 year old male was stopped on Macaulay Road, Stornoway, at 4am for driving without lights on. He smelt strongly of drink and failed a roadside breath test; and on December 28th, a 21 year old man was arrested for drink driving in Linacleite at 10.10pm.

Superintendent Murray continued: “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.”

Research shows that less than 1 in 4 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 – if you are over the limit then in the eyes of the law you are still a criminal.

In addition to a lengthy criminal record, anyone convicted of drink/drug driving 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.

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.

You can find out more by visiting www.dontriskit.info or the Road Safety Scotland Facebook page.