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One in 35 over Drink Driving Limit during Festive Period

Police Scotland statistics have revealed that there was a significant drop in the number of drink driving offences over Christmas in comparison to previous years.

Statistics revealed that one in 35 drivers stopped over the Festive Period were stopped during the Christmas and New Year period were over the drink driving limit despite it falling by more than 7% in the last year.

Seasonal Rise in Driving Offences

The seasonal spike went against the overall trend of 2015 with the number of drink driving offences falling over the course of the year. However, the rise in the number of offences over the December period coincided with a four-week Police Scotland enforcement campaign.

As part of the campaign, Police Scotland stopped an average of 579 drivers every day, with three per cent of those tested found to be over the legal limit compared to two per cent of those tested last year.

Of the 459 drivers caught drink driving just 19 were found to be between the old and new limit.

Chief Superintendent Andy Edmonston, Head of Road Policing at Police Scotland, said: "Despite the encouraging 12 month drop and general downward trend in the number of drink/drug driving detections it is disappointing that during the recent Festive Drink Drive Campaign we caught 459 drivers who were prepared to cause danger to others as well as themselves.

“Road Safety is a high priority for Police Scotland throughout the year and our officers will continue to target those who are intent on causing danger to others by driving while under the influence of drink."

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