Fewer drivers caught under the influence

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The number of people caught drink / drug driving in our area fell by over a third during the festive period according to Police Scotland.

Across Angus, Dundee City, Perth and Kinross there were 16 people detected driving under the influence, compared to 25 over last year’s festive period, a drop of 36 per cent.

A new lower drink drive limit of 50mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood came into force on December 5 and coincided with the launch of the four week festive drink/drug drive initiative.

Inspector Brian Poole, head of Tayside Divisional Road Policing Unit said: “The reduction in the number of people drink-driving is welcomed and it appears that the introduction of the lower limit has refreshed, if not increased, awareness amongst the majority of the driving population that it is simply not worth taking the risk. Having said that, there are still too many people choosing to ignore the advice and get behind the wheel after consuming alcohol. In doing so, they are not only risking their own lives but also the lives of others within our communities.

“This initiative has concluded, however our efforts in this area will continue and our message remains the same - Don’t risk it, don’t take any alcohol before you get behind the wheel and it will help you help us keep people safe.”