Make it none for the road

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Driv­ers in Scot­land are be­ing re­minded that there is zero tol­er­ance for ‘just one’ drink be­fore driv­ing.

A new fes­tive aware­ness cam­paign from the Scot­tish Govern­ment and Road Safety Scot­land (part of Trans­port Scot­land) re­in­forces that when it comes to drink-driv­ing, the best ap­proach is none, as well as high­light­ing the con­se­quences of be­ing found guilty of the of­fence.

Jus­tice Sec­re­tary Michael Math­e­son launched the month-long en­force­ment and aware­ness cam­paign in Ed­in­burgh with Deputy Chief Con­sta­ble Iain Liv­ing­stone and Chief Su­per­in­ten­dent Ste­wart Carle.

Po­lice Scot­land’s en­force­ment cam­paign has seen more pa­trols on the roads from Fri­day, De­cem­ber 1.

Last year one in 30 driv­ers stopped dur­ing the fes­tive sea­son was over the le­gal drink limit com­pared with one in 35 mo­torists over the same pe­riod in pre­vi­ous year.

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

In the eyes of the law it doesn’t mat­ter if you’re only slightly over the limit, you are still a drunk driver and a crim­i­nal – there is no grey area.

Mr Math­e­son said: “Un­for­tu­nately there is a per­sis­tent mi­nor­ity of driv­ers who con­tinue to ig­nore the law.

“These peo­ple are not only risk­ing their own lives and li­cences but are risk­ing the safety of oth­ers 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 for a lengthy pe­riod and a sub­stan­tial fine.

“Fur­ther­more, a drink-driv­ing con­vic­tion can have sig­nif­i­cant so­cial and em­ploy­ment con­se­quences.

“I wel­come the ac­tion be­ing taken by Road Safety Scot­land and Po­lice Scot­land to tackle those who think it is okay to have just one drink and drive their car, as well as reck­less road users, both of whom are break­ing the law.

Deputy Chief Con­sta­ble Iain Liv­ing­stone, said: “Be­tween De­cem­ber last year and Jan­uary 2017, 625 driv­ers failed a breath test.

“It’s dis­ap­point­ing that some driv­ers are con­tin­u­ing to take un­nec­es­sary risks, af­fect­ing their own safety and that of other road users.

“Po­lice Scot­land have a zero tol­er­ance pol­icy on drink-driv­ing and over the fes­tive pe­riod we will be in­creas­ing our ac­tiv­ity to en­sure those risk-tak­ers are re­moved from the road.

“We’re urg­ing peo­ple to plan ahead to help keep our roads safe over the party sea­son. Think about how you’re go­ing to get home be­fore go­ing out – and jour­neys you’ll make the morn­ing af­ter.”

●For more in­for­ma­tion log on to don­ or the Road Safety Scot­land Face­book and Twit­ter (@ road­safe­tyscot) pages. Or go to road­safe­tyscot­

Big mes­sage The best ap­proach by driv­ers is to have no al­co­hol in their sys­tem

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