Police capture drink drivers after crashes
There have been 81 drivers involved in crashes in South Lanarkshire who were over the drink-driving limit in the past five years.
Figures obtained under the Freedom of Information Act reveal how many drink drivers were involved in crashes from 2010 to 2014.
The drink-driving limit in Scotland was lowered on December 5, 2014, to 50 milligrams of alcohol in every 100 millilitres of blood.
Prior to that, the limit was 80 milligrams of alcohol in every 100 millilitres of blood.
The figures obtained by the Reformer do not break down how many of the drink drivers involved in crashes in 2014 fell foul of the new limit.
However, there were a total of 18 drivers over the limit involved in crashes in South Lanarkshire in 2014.
This represents a 50 per cent increase from 2013 when there were 12 drivers involved in crashes in South Lanarkshire who were over the drinkdriving limit.
Other than a spike in 2014, the number of drivers over the drinkdriving limit involved in crashes, has been coming down since 2010.
In 2010 there were 19 drivers involved in crashes in South Lanarkshire who were over the drinkdrive limit.
In 2011, there were 18, in 2012 there were 14 and in 2013 there were 12.
Across Scotland between 2010 and 2014, 1248 drivers failed a police breathalyser test after being involved in a road accident.
This included 193 drivers who were found to be over this limit after crashing in 2014.
However, across Scotland there has been a downward trend since 2010 when there were 310 people involved in crashes who were over drink driving limit.
And there was not a spike nationally in 2014 when the new limit was introduced, with figures in that year lower than in 2013, when 197 drink drivers were involved in crashes in Scotland.
Following the introduction of the new limit, local police told the Rutherglen Reformer that the only way for drivers to be sure they were below the limit was to have no drink at all if driving.
Across the whole of Great Britain, 17,904 drivers failed breathalyser tests after crashing their cars between 2010 and 2014.
In 2014, the number was 3,227, down slightly compared to the 3296 in 2013 and the 3868 in 2010.
This decrease in positive tests can be partly attributed to a slight fall in the number of people actually being tested, however it does seem as though there has been a decline in drink- driving over the past five years.
Going back further to 2004 when 6655 drivers failed a breathalyser test confirms this trend of decline.
Figures obtained under the Freedom of Information Act