Drink drive campaign success hailed
The number of drivers in Scotland caught over the drink drive limit over the festive period was 19% lower than the previous year.
The Scottish Government says the statistics from Police Scotland show that the message not to risk drink driving has “hit home” following the introduction of a new lower drink drive limit on 5 December 2014.
During a four-week festive drink drive campaign, Police Scotland tested 17,504 drivers for alcohol – an average of 625 drivers each day. 351 drivers were caught under the influence this year compared to 434 in the same period last year – a 19% reduction.
Police detected one drink driver for every 50 tests carried out compared to one drink driver for every 47 in the same campaign period last year.
20 drivers were detected between the new 50mg limit and the previous limit of 80mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood. And 27 drivers were detected between 6.00am and 10.00am, six of whom were between the old and the new limit.
Justice Michael Matheson, secretary for justice, said: “These latest statistics are testament to the immediate effect that the new lower limit has helped to make our roads safer.
“Scotland is leading the way across the UK with the introduction of a lower drink drive limit, which has backing from experts, road safety campaigners and the majority of the public north and south of the border.
Assistant Chief Constable Bernard Higgins of Police Scotland added: "The new limit is proving a good deterrent in stopping people from drinking and driving."