Reducing harm caused by alcohol


Drink drive warning

Festive campaign reminds motorists the 'best approach is none'

With the Christmas party season in full swing a new campaign from the Scottish Government and Road Safety Scotland gives a clear message – don’t drink and drive.

Last year – 12 months after the lower drink drive limit was introduced – one in 35 drivers stopped during the festive season were over the legal limit compared with one in 50 motorists drink driving over the same period the previous year.

More than 20,000 drivers are stopped by the police every month. That’s one driver on average every two minutes. Even if you are slightly over the limit, in the eyes of the law, you are a drunk driver and a criminal - there’s no grey area.

Michael Matheson, Cabinet Secretary for Justice said:

“More and more Scots understand that if you are driving you should avoid drinking altogether. Even a limited measure of alcohol can affect reaction time and compromise your ability behind the wheel. Those choosing to drink should plan their journey home as a passenger and be aware of the implications on driving the day after.”

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