Woman on quad bike over drink limit

A police drink-driving sting resulted in a mother being caught trying out her child's quad bike on Christmas day while over the legal alcohol limit.

The woman was driving the vehicle in Coldingham in the Borders when she damaged parked vehicles and slightly injured herself. She was also charged with driving without a licence or insurance.

The Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland (ACPOS) caught 110 offenders who were driving while over the legal alcohol limit during the Christmas period.

As well as being extremely dangerous, drink driving can prove very expensive. Anyone caught breaking drink-driving laws may find that car insurance premiums are very costly and difficult to obtain once they have served a driving ban.

A further 10 people were detected for driving whilst under the influence of drugs and one offender was reported for driving while judged to be impaired through alcohol, though no tests were carried out.

The figure compares with 90 drink drivers, five who were unfit through drugs and five who were unfit through alcohol, found during the same period last year.

In Greenock, Inverclyde, they caught a 19-year-old who allegedly stole his father's car and crashed it while almost three times over the limit.

He was also charged with driving with a provisional licence and no insurance.

Police in Lanarkshire stopped a man who allegedly stole an HGV from his employer's yard while more than three times over the limit.

In Dundee a 78-year-old man who was driving with no lights on was stopped and found to be almost twice the limit.

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