Fall in drink drivers reported

Fall in drink drivers reported

The number of motorists caught drink-driving during the festive period in Scotland dropped by almost a fifth, new figures have shown.

December 5 heralded a new lower drink-drive limit of 50mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood, meaning that Scotland came into line with much of the rest of Europe.

Police Scotland stopped 17,504 drivers for alcohol tests during the four-week festive drink-drive campaign - an average of 625 each day - and found 351 drivers who were under the influence.

This compares to 434 during the same period of 2013, a drop of 19%.

The proportionate figures were one drink-driver for every 50 tests in the 2014 campaign, compared to one for every 47 tests 12 months before.

Police Scotland has warned those who go behind the wheel while under the influence of alcohol that they could lose their licence, get a criminal record, and face a hefty fine.

RAC spokesman Simon Williams said: "It is encouraging to see how quickly the new drink-drive laws have taken effect in Scotland.

"This reflects research carried out by RAC in December which suggested a very positive response to the change, not only in Scotland but across the UK.

"In fact, more than a third (38%) of UK motorists living outside Scotland believe the alcohol limit for driving should be reduced to the same level throughout the rest of the UK."

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