Drink-drivers' cars could be seized

First-time drink-drivers could have their cars taken away under new measures to help lower the number of people who drive after drinking more than the law allows.

Motorists who produce breath tests that are three times over the legal limit, and those who refuse to provide a sample altogether, could have their cars confiscated permanently.

The new proposals coincide with the launch of the annual police crackdown on dangerous drivers over the festive period.

Police in Scotland caught 7,563 drivers who were under the influence of alcohol or drugs last year, which equates to 20 offenders each day.

Offenders could also receive a criminal record, a fine and a 12-month driving ban.

Drivers can expect to have to pay more for their car insurance cover if caught and convicted of drinking driving.

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