Drivers in the north of Scotland are being reminded that the ‘best approach is none’ when it comes to having a festive tipple.
The Scottish Government and Road Safety Scotland – part of Transport Scotland – have launched their annual winter drink drive awareness by underlining the fact that even if a driver is only slightly over the limit, they are still breaking the law.
Justice Secretary Michael Matheson said: “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.”
An easy way to avoid a drink drive charge is to let someone else do the driving. Many taxi drivers and private hire firms continue to operate over the festive period, taking away the risk of being caught over the limit.
The drop in the legal limit in 2015 has led to more people being stopped and failing breath tests, which is why the organisations are urging people to think of other road users and not risk it.
Assistant Chief Constable Bernie Higgins of Police Scotland added: “Between December last year and January 2016, 452 drivers failed a breath test. It’s really disappointing that so many people were prepared to cause danger to others as well as themselves.
“We are urging people to 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.
“The consequences of drink driving can be devastating and we will be particularly vigilant during the festive period to discourage anyone thinking about drinking and driving, so the best advice if you are planning to drink this Christmas is don’t risk it, don’t drink and drive.”