Scotland drink-drive figures fall

A fall in the number of motorists caught drink-driving in Scotland over the Christmas and New Year period has been welcomed by the country's police chiefs.

During the four-week Festive Drink-Drugs Driving campaign, almost 200 fewer motorists were arrested for alcohol or drug-related offences than during the 2007/08 road safety campaign.

But senior officers expressed concern over the hundreds of drivers still prepared to put themselves and others at risk by ignoring their warnings.

During the campaign, which was co-ordinated by the Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland (Acpos), a total of 654 people across the country's eight police force areas were caught driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. This was a fall on the 2007/08 figure of 839.

The 2008/09 campaign focused on "morning-after" drink-drivers, and snared, among others, a school teacher who was found to be nearly twice the drink-drive limit after being stopped by police as she travelled to work in Lanarkshire.

On New Year's Eve police in Grampian arrested a 62-year-old woman for drinking and driving while disqualified.

Officers said they were "astonished" to discover that the woman, who was twice over the limit, had appeared in Aberdeen Sheriff Court that morning where she had been sentenced for a previous drink-driving offence.

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