Less drivers under influence

File photo dated 26/11/14 of a pint of beer and a set of car keys on a bar in a pub, as Wales, Scotland and the north of England contain the worst hotspots for drink and drug driving in Britain, a new study has revealed. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday December 24, 2014. Wales has four towns in the top 20, including top offender Llandrindod Wells with nearly two offences per 1,000 drivers, car insurance comparison site Moneysupermarket has found. See PA story TRANSPORT Driving. Photo credit should read: Philip Toscano/PA Wire
File photo dated 26/11/14 of a pint of beer and a set of car keys on a bar in a pub, as Wales, Scotland and the north of England contain the worst hotspots for drink and drug driving in Britain, a new study has revealed. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday December 24, 2014. Wales has four towns in the top 20, including top offender Llandrindod Wells with nearly two offences per 1,000 drivers, car insurance comparison site Moneysupermarket has found. See PA story TRANSPORT Driving. Photo credit should read: Philip Toscano/PA Wire

There has been a significant drop in the number of people driving under the influence of drink or drugs since the new lower drink drive limit came in to force.

From December 8 to December 29, there were 27 per cent less motorists found driving under the influence.

During that three-week period, Police Scotland stopped and breathalysed 13,346 drivers, with 255 found to driving under the influence of drink or drugs compared to 348 in the same period in 2013.

Assistant Chief Constable Bernard Higgins of Police Scotland said: “In the last three weeks we have conducted a series of road checks around the country and we have breathalysed nearly 13,400 drivers. This equates to nearly 640 drivers being breathalysed each day.

“It is heartening therefore to see a reduction in the total numbers of drivers who are drinking before getting behind the wheel and putting themselves and other needlessly at risk.

“There is no doubt that the new limit, and what it means, is challenging a lot of people and we shall continue our efforts throughout the season and beyond to make sure that we reinforce the ‘don’t risk it’ message, prevent deaths and collisions and make our roads safer.”