Po­lice cap­ture drink driv­ers af­ter crashes

Rutherglen Reformer - - Intimations - Julie Gil­bert

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

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