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Drink driving on the wane this summer

21 July 2010

Scotland’s annual summer crackdown on drink and drug drivers has yielded significantly fewer arrests than in previous years, newly released numbers have revealed.

Heralded by police as evidence that the drink driving message is finally having an impact, the figures show only 212 individuals were arrested during the fortnight campaign, compared to 252 last year.

As always, the exercise yielded several notable incidents, including the arrest of a 17 year-old for cycling while drunk in Penicuick.

While warning the end of the crackdown did not mean a slackening off in drink and drug driving enforcement, the Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland described the year-on-year fall as “heartwarming”.

Chief Superintendent Brian Anderson, of Dumfries and Galloway Police, said: "Acpos has a clear message for all drivers who drive while unfit to do so: if you get caught we will take your licence; if you get caught for a second time we will take your car. No journey is worth the risk."