Police target festive drink-drivers

Police in Scotland have launched their seasonal crackdown on drink-drivers in a bid to rid the country's roads of repeat offenders over the Christmas period.

Police caught 17 repeat offenders in the first week of December, including a 19-year-old man who was arrested following a crash in Bridge of Weir last Wednesday just hours after appearing at Paisley Sheriff Court on a drink-driving charge.

More than a dozen drink-drivers are expected to have their vehicles seized as part of the campaign, which has seen 124 drivers arrested for being over the limit already this month - a reduction of 40 from the same period last year.

Chief Constable Kevin Smith, of the Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland (Acpos), said: "Despite all our warnings and publicity that we are getting tougher on drink-drivers, I am amazed that drivers in our communities are still prepared to take the risk of not only killing or injuring themselves or others but are now prepared to take the chance and risk being kept in a police cell, losing their licence and now their car."

Five of the 17 repeat offenders have had their vehicles seized following their arrests, with another 12 expected to be impounded following court proceedings.

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