Police Warning After 121 People Caught In Drink-Driving Crackdown

18 May 2017, 15:53 | Updated: 18 May 2017, 15:55

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Police chiefs have warned the number of motorists involved in drink or drug driving is still too high after more than 100 people were caught in a week-long campaign.

A total of 121 drivers were detected for drink/drug driving offences after officers conducted 3,619 breath tests during the week, a figure which equates to one in 30 of every test carried out.

The campaign was designed to coincide with a time of year when Scotland's road users are at their highest risk of being killed or seriously injured because the driver was under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Officers discovered a 66-year-old who was more than four times the limit in Strathaven, South Lanarkshire, and a 35-year-old in Cambuslang, South Lanarkshire, who was almost five times the limit.

They also found a 39-year-old driver in Dundee who was more than twice the limit and driving without a licence or insurance, which resulted in his his vehicle being seized.

During the campaign, six drivers were also found to be above the limit between 6am and 10am the following day. A number of people were also found to be under the influence of drugs.

Chief Superintendent Andy Edmonston, head of road policing for Police Scotland, said: "The number of drivers detected is obviously too high - even one person detected is one too many.

"It is disappointing that so many people made the wrong decision last week and were prepared to put themselves and every other road user at risk.

"These results highlight that the effects of alcohol do not wear off immediately and drivers must consider that even if you make alternative arrangements to get home after an event, you could be over the limit the next day, depending upon the amount you have had to drink.

"Drivers must be aware of this if they intend getting behind the wheel the following morning. Make sure you do not get caught out, like these some of these drivers did.''