Six people arrested for drink driving
Six people were detected to have been drink or drug-driving over the festive period in Rutherglen and Cambuslang.
During the festive safety campaign – which ran between December 2 and January 2 across Scotland – more people were found to be over the limit while driving when compared to the same period the previous year.
A total of 276 people were arrested across the west of Scotland – 3.3 per cent of those breathalysed. That is up from 2.8 per cent in 2015.
In the Rutherglen and Cambuslang cases, one driver was found to have five times the alcohol in his system than the legal limit; 22 microgrammes per 100 millilitres of breath.
A further two people were four times the legal limit, two were three times the limit and one twice the limit.
Across the Lanarkshire policing division a total of 79 people were detected for driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Chief Inspector David McKenzie said:“Given the publicity that is given to drink-driving every year, it beggars belief that people still put the lives of others and themselves at risk by drink or drug driving on our roads.
“Road policing officers have had a presence in all six regions in the west of Scotland over the campaign period to detect those who insist on displaying such selfish behaviour and risking the safety of other road users.
“Having road checks can also help to deter motorists from drink or drug driving and we use these operations to engage with drivers to educate and explain the risks and consequences of such behaviour.
“As the party season wraps up, road policing officers anticipate that less people will drive after drinking the night before, however as some risks reduce, others increase. We are still in the middle of winter and weather forecasts indicate that there will be some frost and snowfall, which can affect drivers and the roadworthiness of vehicles.
“It is important that motorists take care when driving and ensure their vehicle is safe and fit for driving, particularly if the weather does take a turn for the worse.”