Plan ahead and just don’t risk it

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With Christmas par­ties in full swing, driv­ers are be­ing urged to re­mem­ber the drink-drive limit and not take risks over the fes­tive sea­son.

The chances of be­ing caught are higher than ever.

More than 20,000 driv­ers are stopped by po­lice ev­ery month.

The mes­sage is that “the best ap­proach is none” re­mind­ing mo­torists that even if you’re slightly over the limit, in the eyes of the law you are a drink-driver and a crim­i­nal.

Jus­tice Sec­re­tary Michael Mathe­son launched the aware­ness cam­paign in Glas­gow with As­sis­tant Chief Con­sta­ble Bernie Hig­gins. Mr Mathe­son, said: “We led the way in the UK by re­duc­ing the legal al­co­hol limit and are hav­ing an ef­fect on chang­ing at­ti­tudes in a way that keeps peo­ple safe.

“More peo­ple know that even one drink is too many be­fore driving. Un­for­tu­nately there is a per­sis­tent mi­nor­ity of driv­ers who con­tinue to ig­nore the law.

“These peo­ple are not only risk­ing their own lives, but are risk­ing the safety of other road users and pedes­tri­ans by drink­ing and driving.

“This cam­paign re­in­forces that drink driving is un­ac­cept­able and, if you get caught, you will get a min­i­mum 12-month driving ban, a crim­i­nal record, points on your li­cence and a sub­stan­tial fine.

“I wel­come the ac­tion be­ing taken by Po­lice Scot­land to tackle reck­less road users who break the law.”

The ad­vice is sim­ple – plan ahead dur­ing the party sea­son.

Think about how you’re go­ing to get home – be­fore you head out – and don’t for­get about any jour­neys you’ll make the morn­ing after.

Quite sim­ply, this Christmas don’t risk it, don’t drink and drive.

Zero tol­er­ance The po­lice have launched their fes­tive don’t drink and drive cam­paign and the mes­sage is sim­ple, don’t do it

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