More drivers set to lose licences with new alcohol limits

Lothian and Borders had the worst increase in drink drivers caught over the festive season in comparison with the rest of Scotland.'Policeman gives a driver a Breathalyser test'Pictured posed by model and P.C. Robin Yuill.
Lothian and Borders had the worst increase in drink drivers caught over the festive season in comparison with the rest of Scotland.'Policeman gives a driver a Breathalyser test'Pictured posed by model and P.C. Robin Yuill.

Senior officers have warned an extra 35 drivers a week across Scotland could lose their licence over the festive period, with the proposed introduction of new drink drive limits next month.

The proposed changes to the levels of alcohol permitted are due to take effect from December 5. Later this month, a public information campaign will be launched, followed by Police Scotland’s drink drive campaign.

Chief Superintendent Iain Murray, head of roads policing, said: “Drink driving causes significant impact on families and our local communities not just at Christmas but throughout the year and the proposed changes send a clear message that there is no safe alcohol limit for drivers.

“We know from our figures that we can anticipate an extra 35 drivers a week losing their licence over the festive period following the changes to the limit. Our advice to all drivers is don’t risk it. Even at the new levels you will still be three times more likely to die in a collision than without any alcohol at all.”

Since April 1 this year, more than 3,317 people have been caught driving under the influence of drink or drugs. Last Christmas, 434 drivers were caught driving while under the influence of drink and over a hundred more received warnings.

Ch Supt Murray added: “Sadly there are still too many drivers willing to risk their own lives and the lives of others. We welcome the proposed changes which will help keep people safe”

Causing death by careless driving whilst under the influence of drink and/or drugs will result in a minimum 2 year driving ban and up to 14 years in prison with an unlimited fine.