New stats show increase in drink/driving — but, overall, numbers are down

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Recent statistics show that one in 35 drivers stopped over Christmas and New Year were over the legal limit, although drink/driving is falling overall.

Over a four-week period, Police Scotland stopped 579 drivers every day — with three per cent over the limit, compared with two per cent tested during the same period last year.

Data shows that 7.6 per cent fewer drivers were caught over the limit in 2015 compared to the previous year.

Justice Secretary Michael Matheson said: “It is encouraging to see the number of people caught drink driving has fallen since the introduction of the lower limit.

“Unfortunately there is still a persistent minority of drivers who continue to ignore the law, particularly during the height of summer and over the festive season.”