11 Jan 11th January 2019
The number of drink drivers caught on Scotland’s roads over the festive season doubled from last year, police have revealed. One in 15 drivers breathalysed between December 1 and January 2 were over the limit. The previous year, one in 28 drivers stopped for a breath test failed. An average of 261 drivers were breathalysed every day during the campaign period and of the 565 detected, 23 were caught the morning after they had been drinking. During that time, police made 64 vehicle forfeitures requests to the Procurator Fiscal as a result of drink driving. In East Kilbride, officers were alerted to a car being driven erratically. When stopped, the driver was nearly seven times over the limit.
Police bosses have been warned they must deliver on their promise to decentralise posts this year. Local authority leaders piled the pressure on the force amid growing frustration at the failure to honour staffing commitments to the area. Highland Council boss Margaret Davidson said the region should “expect better” than the one police job she said had been created since the promise was made. In September 2017 Chief Constable Iain Livingstone said “we will do everything we can to decentralise” posts from the central belt and “bring more jobs to places like Inverness”. At the Scottish Police Authority meeting at which the Inverness police control room was controversially axed, he added: “It’s a completely authentic commitment to do that, identify jobs that can go beyond the central belt to places like Inverness.”
More than 500 people were caught drink or drug-driving by police over the festive period, including one driver found to be almost seven times over the legal limit. Figures released by Police Scotland following a crackdown from December 1 to January 2 show 8,632 drivers were stopped and breathalysed, with 565 found to be committing drink or drug-driving offences.
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