Police drink driving crackdown sees 434 drivers removed from the roads

During the festive period 434 drink drivers were removed from the roads after increased vigilance by the police and the public.

The Scottish Government launched a Festive Drink Drive campaign on December 6, with police since testing 20,646 drivers for alcohol.

Many of the tests occurred as a result of information from members of the public.

Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill said: “Our priority is to save lives and our message is clear - don’t ever drink and drive.

“As well as a new marketing campaign, which ran across TV, radio, online and in bars over the festive period to support Police Scotland’s enforcement activity, we have partnered with over a thousand private and public sector organisations and worked with the media over the past four weeks to hammer the message home.

“Unfortunately, some people have chosen not to heed the warnings and they now face tough consequences, which include a lengthy criminal record.

“The good news is they are no longer on our roads and no longer pose a threat to the safety of themselves and others.”

Head of road policing for Police Scotland Superintendent Iain Murray said: “Over the festive period, we have caught 434 drivers who were willing to put their lives, and the lives of others, at risk by driving under the influence of drink or drugs. They will now be dealt with like any other criminal.

“Although this particular campaign has come to a conclusion, the efforts of the police to make Scotland’s roads safer will continue. We very much appreciate the help of the public in reporting anyone that they may suspect of driving under the influence of drink or drugs.”

The public can provide information on drink or drug drivers anonymously by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or by contacting Police Scotland on 101, or 999 in an emergency.

The campaign aimed to remind drivers of the serious consequences a drink driving conviction has for their families and livelihoods. The message remains clear at any time of year however, - it’s not worth the risk.