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Galashiels woman six times over alcohol limit

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A woman from Galashiels has admitted to driving whilst being almost six times over the legal alcohol limit.

Martha Eckle, 38, pleaded guilty at Jedburgh Sheriff Court to driving on the Melrose by-pass and in Coldingham on July 28th with a breath/alcohol count of 124 microgrammes. The legal limit is 22.

She was given a 16 month disqualification, reduced from 24 months, due to a guilty plea.

Sheriff Peter Paterson also placed her on supervision for two years.

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Currently, being in charge of a vehicle while above the legal limit or unfit through drink, can result in:

  • 3 months’ imprisonment
  • up to £2,500 fine
  • a possible driving ban

Driving or attempting to drive while above the legal limit or unfit through drink:

  • 6 months’ imprisonment
  • an unlimited fine
  • a driving ban for at least 1 year (3 years if convicted twice in 10 years)

Refusing to provide a specimen of breath, blood or urine for analysis:

  • 6 months’ imprisonment
  • an unlimited fine
  • a ban from driving for at least 1 year

Causing death by careless driving when under the influence of drink:

  • 14 years’ imprisonment
  • an unlimited fine
  • a ban from driving for at least 2 years
  • an extended driving test before your licence is returned

RECAP: testing how different drivers are affected by alcohol

The number of drink driving offenders in Dumfries and Galloway has dropped dramatically, since a lower limit came into force.

When the new limit was introduced ITV Border tested how different drivers were affected by alcoholic drinks.

The tests may not have been scientific, but even so the results surprised our lunch party:

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D&G sees the UK's biggest drop in drink-driving offences

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Dumfries and Galloway has seen the UK's biggest drop in drink driving offences.

In the nine months since a new lower legal drink drive limit was introduced north of the border, police figures show a 56% reduction compared to a 12.5% fall across Scotland as a whole.

Police campaign targets drink and drug drivers

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Cumbria Constabulary will be targeting those who drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs this month using new legislation.

As part of its annual summer campaign, it will use new drug tests that place legal limits on eight illegal drugs and eight medicinal drugs.

Police will enforce the new laws with roadside saliva-testing kits followed by blood and urine tests at a station.

Any amount of alcohol or drugs can affect a motorist's ability to drive safely. Our advice to all motorists is that if you're planning on driving a vehicle do not drink any alcohol or take drugs. Different amounts of alcohol or drugs can have different effects due to a wide range of variables."

– Sergeant Paul Brown

Last year's campaign saw 1,587 breath tests conducted, and 66 people subsequently arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

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