Police launch festive drink-driving clampdown

Officers on green patrol.
Officers on green patrol.

The Police Scotland Festive Drink Drive campaign was launchedlast week and will run for four weeks until Friday, January 3 focussing on raising public awareness of the dangers of driving under the influence of alcohol.

Patrols will be carried out across Aberdeenshire and there will be a particular focus throughout the campaign on ‘morning after’ offenders to raise awareness that following a night out, you could still be over the limit.

The amount of alcohol you could drink to be over the driving limit varies from person to person. It depends on your age, weight, gender, metabolism, your current stress levels as well as factors such as whether you have eaten recently.

Even small amounts of alcohol can affect your ability to drive so the only safe advice is to avoid any alcohol if you are driving.

The limit for being able to drive is 80 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood, 35 microgrammes per 100 millilitres of breath or 107 milligrams per 100 millilitres of urine. There is no fool-proof way of drinking and staying under the limit. Aberdeenshire and Moray Roads Policing Inspector Ewan Innes said: “We are committed to keeping people safe on the roads during festive season and we want to remind people to drive responsibly. Road Policing crews will be carrying out road checks throughout Aberdeenshire and Moray at various times of the day, particularly during early morning commuter traffic and later at night.

“If you are drinking, be safe and leave the car at home or have a nominated driver. It is also worth remembering that you could still be over the drink drive limit in the morning and therefore unfit to drive.” Enjoy the festive season but think of the consequences if you take that risk.”