Police Scotland festive drink and drug driving results announced

Wednesday January 24th 2024

Police Scotland

Written by Midlothian View Reporter, Luke Jackson

Police Scotland’s annual festive drink and drug driving campaign took place from 1 December 2023 to 2 January 2024 which shows more drivers are being caught drink or drug driving on Scotland’s roads.

The number of roadside tests carried out by police officers increased by 21 per cent compared to the previous year.

The proactive work took place across Scotland as officers responded to concerns, carried out targeted patrols and organised road checks.

There were 3,219 breath tests (2,568 in 2022) and 481 drug wipes (481 in 2022).

Detected offences increased by 15 per cent, from 722 in 2022 to 831 in 2023.

Chief Superintendent Hilary Sloan, head of Road Policing, said: “We are relentless against drivers who choose to take alcohol or drugs and put the safety of others at risk.

“The Christmas and New Year period brings a focus on this type of offending and the work carried out by officers to deter and detect drink and drug driving will continue throughout the year, alongside our road safety partnerships.

“I would like to thank everyone who did the right thing by contacting Police Scotland to tell us about potential offenders and I would encourage people to keep reporting. Intelligence-led activity is a vital part of what we do and you could save a life.

“The influence people can have on their family and friends who might be considering driving after drinking alcohol or taking drugs can be crucial.

“We all have a responsibility to improve road safety.”

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