A CRACKDOWN on drink and drug driving is being launched by Police Scotland right this moment.
The brand new motion comes as the newest figures present that motorists caught driving underneath the affect (DUI) has elevated by a 3rd prior to now 5 years.
The annual Recorded Crime in Scotland report printed final week confirmed 7,815 DUI offences in 2022/23 – in contrast with 5,863 in 2017/2018.
Separate figures from Transport Scotland reveal there are 20 deaths a yr brought on by drink driving.
Throughout final yr’s two week intelligence-led marketing campaign, 585 roadside breath screening checks and 152 drug checks had been carried out.
Officers detected 295 DUI offences – an astonishing failure charge of 40%.
Nevertheless, evaluation by breathalyser agency AlcoSense reveals that, throughout the yr, breath take a look at failure charges in Scotland (3.5%) are significantly decrease than in England & Wales (6%).
A examine of 1,000 Scots by AlcoSense additionally discovered that 53% of motorists have now decreased the quantity of alcohol they drink, when they are going to be driving later that day or the next morning.
“However there’s nonetheless a persistent minority who flout the legislation and drive above the restrict”, feedback MD Hunter Abbott.
“Whenever you exit ingesting this summer time, plan forward for the way you’ll get dwelling – whether or not it’s strolling, public transport, taxi or designated alcohol-free driver.
“Even a small quantity of alcohol slows response time, inhibits judgement and reduces focus – rising the probability of an accident.”
Police Scotland’s Summer season blitz runs for 3 weeks, from 26 June to 16 July.