Boozers will be the losers

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No matter how much or how little you are over the limit, in the eyes of the law you are still a drunk driver.

If you’re caught, you will automatically lose your licence, be banned from driving for 12 months, and get a criminal record.

You also run the risk of losing your car for good under the vehicle forfeiture scheme.

Perhaps motorists caught drink-driving have failed to think about the consequences to themselves, their families or to other road users.

It is estimated that one in nine deaths on Scotland’s roads are caused by drivers over the limit, so motorists have been encouraged to think about the consequences of drink or drug driving.

Police forces across Scotland gave their clearest ‘Don’t Drink and Drive’ message yet this festive season just past, and increased their efforts to make sure those risking their lives and those of other road users will face the consequences.

The Scottish Government and Road Safety Scotland supported the Association of Chief Police Officers’ (ACPOS) message that if you choose to drink and drive, you choose to lose your licence.

Michael McDonnell, director of Road Safety Scotland, said: “Scotland’s roads are getting safer but still too many people risk their lives, and the lives of others, by choosing to take a drink before getting behind the wheel.

‘‘It’s time people realised that drink and drug driving are totally unacceptable.”

Scots are being urged to think of the alternatives other than choosing to drink drive, so consider how you might get home before going out.

Nominate a designated driver; leave the car behind or ask someone to pick you up – you can always return to collect your car the next day. Many night bus services are also available throughout Scotland or you could always grab a taxi.

Remember that no matter how much or how little you are over the drink drive limit, tough consequences apply. And you can risk losing your job and your freedom.

Should you suspect someone of drink or drug driving, please contact your local police office, call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, or dial 999 in an emergency.

Visit www.dontriskit.info to find out more.