Don’t Risk It, that is the message from Police Scotland as they start their 2015 festive drink drive campaign.
One year on since the drink drive limit for alcohol was lowered in Scotland, figures from the Scottish Government show that 82% of people living in Scotland think that drink driving is unacceptable.
Research from the Scottish Government and Road Safety Scotland shows that since December 2014, when the limit was reduced to August 2015, the number of drink driving offences in Scotland fell by 12.5% this is compared to the same period the previous year.
Despite the lowering of the drink drive limit, 5% Scottish adults said they would still drive themselves home after they had been drinking on a night out. 67% of people wouldn’t consider driving the morning after drinking on a night out.
Speaking at the launch of the 2015 festive drink drive campaign Michael Matheson, Cabinet Secretary for Justice said
Since the Scottish Government lowered the drink drive limit last December, all the statistics are going in the right direction – fewer people are being caught, but more importantly there’s a shift in attitudes to even having one drink and driving, and indeed driving the next day after drinking. But while these figures show that positive steps are being taken to change attitudes towards drink driving, it is concerning that there is still a minority who would risk the safety of other road users, and themselves, by getting behind the wheel after drinking. That is why I welcome the police action being taken to tackle reckless road users who continue to flout the law.
Collectively, we are sending out a strong message when it comes to drink driving and our advice is simple – just don’t risk it.
Superintendent Fraser Candlish from Police Scotland said
Police stop around 20,000 drivers a month in Scotland; that’s one vehicle on average every two minutes. We will be increasing our enforcement throughout the festive period to discourage anyone thinking about drinking and driving, so the best advice is if you are planning to drink this Christmas, don’t drive.