The dangers of drinking before you drive have been well known across the world for decades - but it seems that on Bute at least, the ‘don’t drink and drive’ message might be having more of an effect than elsewhere.
Because local police sergeant Dave Wilkinson told the January meeting of Bute Community Council this week that not a single positive breath test had been recorded by officers on the island during the annual festive clampdown on drink-driving.
“We carried out about a hundred breath tests during the campaign,” Sergeant Wilkinson told the meeting, “and none were positive.
“That doesn’t necessarily mean we don’t think there’s any drinking and driving happening, but the result is encouraging nonetheless.”
Across Scotland, 434 drivers were found unfit to drive due to the effects of drink or drugs during the four-week campaign, which began on December 6 and saw 20,646 drivers - 737 each day - tested for alcohol.