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Over 150 vehicles forfeited following drink driving, Crown reveals

19 August 2014

More than 150 vehicles in Scotland were forfeited as a result of drink-related motoring offences last year, according to figures released today by Crown Office.

Between April 2013 and March 2014, 151 vehicles, or an average of three per week, were forfeited by repeat drink and drug driving offenders, first offenders driving or attempting to drive with a high alcohol reading, and those who refused to give a sample of breath to the police without a reasonable excuse.

They included small hatchback cars, luxury saloons, high performance cars, four-wheel drive vehicles, vans and also a motorcycle. Those of any value were sold at auction by Police Scotland and others were scrapped for their metal value. All proceeds were paid to the Scottish Consolidated Fund.

A breakdown of the total shows that 108 of the orders followed an excess breath or blood alcohol, 29 were for failing to provide breath or other samples, nine for driving while unfit, and five for being drunk in charge of a motor vehicle.

Emphasising that motorists who were caught with excess alcohol would be prosecuted "to the full extent of the law", Lord Advocate Frank Mulholland QC commented: “Motorists in Scotland should also be aware of the tough legal and personal consequences of driving while under the influence of drink or drugs: not only could you lose your vehicle but you will receive a minimum 20 year criminal record.

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