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Drink driving offences show drop

Mock up driver being breathalysed
Repeat offenders were warned their cars could be taken away

The number of drink drivers arrested in week three of this year's festive campaign has shown a significant drop from 2008.

Police said 100 drivers were arrested while over the legal alcohol limit compared to 168 the year before.

Of those, six were repeat offenders who face losing their cars.

Ch Supt Brian Anderson, of the Association of Chief Police Officers Scotland, warned police would not relax their campaign.

Among the repeat offenders was a 62-year-old man who had his Audi TT forfeited after pleading guilty to drink driving.

And a 35-year-old woman was found slumped over the steering wheel of her car in Dumfries, well over the legal limit and with her four-year-old daughter in the vehicle. She is expected to lose her car.

Week three figures
Central - 3
Dumfries - 2, 1 repeat offender
Fife - 4
Grampian - 6
Lothian and Borders - 14, 2 repeat offenders
Northern - 6, 1 repeat offender
Strathclyde - 46
Tayside - 9, 2 repeat offenders

The figures bring the total of drink or drug drivers caught this year to 353, down from 516 on the same period last year, and the number of repeat offenders to 34.

Ch Supt Anderson said: "Although we are seeing a reduction in the number of drink drivers caught so far, we must not allow ourselves to become complacent and police officers will continue to target those drivers who are prepared to take the risk.

"Members of the public can be reassured that we will continue the fight against drink and drug drivers on Scotland's roads everyday of the year and as such urge the public to continue reporting such drivers to us."

Other drivers caught across Scotland included:

  • On Boxing Day in Polmont, a 28-year-old man took a car, crashed into two others, refused a breath test, was found to be in possession of a controlled substance and was also found to be disqualified from driving until 2010.
  • On 27 December a 16-year-old disqualified driver was arrested in Kirkcaldy after stealing a Ford Fiesta. He was found to be over the limit with a 13-year-old friend on board.
  • On Christmas Day, a 23-year-old man was arrested in Edinburgh after a collision with a taxi. He had only been disqualified for a drink driving offence a fortnight earlier.
  • On Boxing Day, a 36-year-old man was arrested in Ross-shire while three times over the drink drive limit. He is expected to lose his Vauxhall Astra.
  • On Christmas Eve in Montrose, a 47-year-old man was arrested for drinking and driving for a second time. He is expected to lose his Jaguar XK8.
  • On 27 December a 23-year-old man was arrested in Perth, almost twice the legal limit but although he had a previous drink drive conviction, a court request for vehicle forfeiture was not granted.

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