Police Scotland has announced that this year’s festive drink and drug driving campaign will run from Friday 1st December to Tuesday 2nd January.
“This campaign is about increasing motorists’ awareness of the risks associated with drink driving /drug driving and to reassure the public that drink/drug driving will not be tolerated,” explained Roads Policing Inspector Campbell Moffat. “Drinking and driving or driving whilst unfit due to the effects of drugs is totally unacceptable and puts lives at risk. It’s as simple as that.”
“If you choose to drink drive or drug drive you run the risk of being caught, reported to the court, disqualified from driving for a minimum period of 12 months, have a criminal record for a lengthy period and in some cases your vehicle maybe subject to forfeiture,” he added. “Getting caught will no doubt have wider implications in other areas of your life.”
Scotland has a lower drink drive limit than anywhere else in the UK. In December 2014 the limit was reduced to 50mgs of alcohol in every 100 millilitres of blood. The rest of the UK has retained a blood alcohol limit of 80mgs.
Last year’s campaign by Police Scotland resulted in around 19,000 drivers being stopped, and one in 30 (625) of them were found to be over the drink drive limit. This was an increase compared to the one in 36 found to be over the limit during the previous year’s campaign.
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