34 drink drivers caught

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The message not to risk drink driving was ignored by a number of drivers over the festive period, willing to take a risk despite the new lower drink drive limit.

During their four week festive Drink Drive campaign from Road Safety Scotland (part of Transport Scotland) and the Scottish Government, Police Scotland tested 1090 drivers in the Lothians and Borders area for alcohol, with 34 drivers caught under the influence this year compared to 24 in the same period last year.

Of those caught drink driving in the Lothians and Borders, one driver was detected between the new 50mg limit and the previous limit of 80mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood.

Inspector Richard Latto, Roads Policing lead in the Lothians and Borders, said: “The initial campaign may be over, but our work continues and the message remains the same - don’t risk it, don’t take any alcohol before you get behind the wheel and it will help you help us keep people safe.

“The new limit is proving a good deterrent in stopping people from drinking and driving, but it is still unacceptable that 34 people chose to ignore all the advice and warnings and get behind the wheel after consuming alcohol. They are not just risking their lives but also those of others.

“Make it your New Year’s resolution to never drink and drive and help keep the Lothians and Borders’ roads safe.”

The campaign also reminded drivers of the consequences - a 12 month driving ban and a 20 year criminal record.