Plan ahead and just don’t risk it
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