Twenty-three North East drivers have already been caught in Grampian, during the first two weeks of the ACPOS Festive Drink Drug Driving Campaign.
This tally was made up of 20 men and three women, with four of these being involved in road collisions and one being reported by a member of the public.
Chief Inspector Ian Wallace, Head of Road Policing for Grampian Police comments
“These 23 drivers now face unwelcome Christmas gifts in the form of a potential driving ban, a monetary fine and will likely have a drink driving conviction on their licence for many years to come.
“They may also face other social consequences, such as difficulties with their employment, facing higher motor insurance premiums in the future and the stigma of being a convicted drink driver.
“Driving in the current wintry conditions are challenging enough for sober drivers, so to attempt to drive under the influence of alcohol is absolute folly.
“Drivers should be aware that despite the poor driving conditions, officers are still on patrol, still looking for offenders and that will continue to occur despite whatever the challenges the weather may throw at us.
“If you are going to drink during the holiday period, plan ahead, leave the car at home and find a safe alternative way to get to your destination. Use public transport, take a taxi or get a family member or friend who has not been drinking to give you a lift.
“If you take the risk of driving under the influence of drink or drugs, there is a strong chance that we will stop and arrest you.
“To avoid getting these unwanted gifts, the message is simple – don’t drink and drive!”