Argyll drink-drive figures among the worst in Scotland

Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf joined Police Scotland for the launch of the festive drink and drug-driving campaign.

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Argyll and West Dunbartonshire drivers are in the top five most likely to be caught drink driving, according to a 2018 report by Transport Scotland.

And almost 100 people in the region have provided positive roadside tests for drugs since the new drug-driving law came into force on October 21.

Motorists in Argyll are being warned of a zero tolerance approach to driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs during this festive season.

The revelation came as Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf and Police Scotland launched the first festive enforcement and awareness campaign to include the use of the new laws last week.

Road Policing West Command Chief Inspector Darren Faulds said: ‘Disappointingly, we have seen nearly 100 people provide positive roadside tests in the first four weeks.

‘Our festive drink drug-driving campaign started on December 1 and we will have dedicated resources on patrol, targeting motorists at all times of the day who choose to take the risk of taking drugs and driving or drinking and driving.

‘The campaign highlights the criminal and personal consequences of being found guilty of driving a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or with drugs in your system.’

Latest figures show drivers in Argyll and West Dunbartonshire are in the top five most likely to be caught drink driving, at 3.3 per cent of those for whom a breath test was requested according to the Transport Scotland Reporter Road Casualties Scotland 2018.

‘As we move into the festive party season, I want to remind motorists of the devastating consequences driving with alcohol or drugs in their system can have on their and others lives,’ added CI Faulds.

‘I am urging people in Argyll and West Dunbartonshire to think if you have to drive what could the consequences be to your life if you do it under the influence of drink or drugs. Always remember and think about how you’re going to get home safely and don’t forget about the impact alcohol can still have the morning after.’

Mr Yousaf added: ‘Driving a vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol is totally unacceptable and puts not only the driver, but passengers and other road users, at risk of serious injury or even death.

‘As well as such devastating consequences, drivers caught drink or drug-driving also face significant criminal penalties which could result in them losing their licence or their liberty.

‘The new drug-driving law and Scotland’s low driver-alcohol limit are focused on making our roads safer for everyone.’

During the first four weeks of the new law coming into force (October 21  to November 18), 96 people have provided positive roadside tests. Of the 96, six were women aged between 23 and 42. The 90 men were aged between 17 and 50.