Festive drink-driving stats for Argyll are published

Sixteen motorists were caught over the alcohol limit in Argyll and west Dunbartonshire during Police Scotland's annual festive safety campaign - the same figure as in 2013-14, despite the country's tougher drink-drive laws, introduced in December.
Sixteen motorists were caught over the alcohol limit in Argyll and west Dunbartonshire during Police Scotland's annual festive safety campaign - the same figure as in 2013-14, despite the country's tougher drink-drive laws, introduced in December.

Sixteen motorists in Argyll and West Dunbartonshire were caught over the alcohol limit during Police Scotland’s annual festive drink-driving campaign.

A total of 585 motorists in the area were breathalysed during the course of the campaign - an average of 21 a day - though only one of the positive tests was on Bute, when a 19-year-old man was found to be over the limit after being stopped in Rothesay’s Bishop Street on December 26.

The campaign began shortly after Scotland’s new lower drink-drive limit, of 50mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood, came into force on December 5.

The number of drivers over the limit in Argyll and West Dunbartonshire was the same as in the previous year’s campaign, though a Police Scotland spokesperson told The Buteman that none of the 16 would have passed under the old 80mg limit.

Inspector Adam McKenzie, head of road policing for Argyll and West Dunbartonshire, said: “The initial campaign may be over, but our work certainly is not and the message to drivers remains the same - don’t risk it, don’t take any alcohol before you get behind the wheel.

“The new limit is clearly deterring the majority of people from drinking and driving, but 16 people in West Dunbartonshire still chose to ignore all the advice and warnings and get behind the wheel after consuming alcohol which is unacceptable.

“They are not just risking their lives but also those of other road users and pedestrians and they will be held to account for their actions.

“The response to these changes from people in Argyll and West Dunbartonshire has been very positive and I would like to take this opportunity to thank them for their support. We will continue our work to keep local roads safe and I would encourage everyone to make it their New Year’s resolution to never drink and drive.”

Motorists convicted of drink-driving face an automatic 12-month driving ban and a criminal record lasting at least 20 years.