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Jedburgh motorist five times over the legal alcohol limit banned from driving

In addition to the 24 month ban, he was fined £200. Credit: PA

A motorist from Jedburgh, Scotland, who was found to be more than five times the legal alcohol limit after being involved in an accident, has been banned from the road for two years at the town's Sheriff Court.

Thirty two year old Alistair McBain of High Street, recorded a breath reading of 115 microgrammes - the legal limit being 22 microgrammes. The court heard McBain struck a car which had been slowing down on the A68 at Ancrum at lunchtime on Friday, June 2.

Ambulance staff at the scene called the police and McBain gave what was described as a "very high level of reading." In addition to the 24 month ban, he was fined £200.

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Dumfries Police patrol streets for drivers under drug or alcohol influence

Police Scotland say road users are at a highest risk of being killed or injured because of drunk or drugged drivers at this time of the year Credit: Nithsdale Police

Police Scotland have started a week-long drink and drug driving campaign.

Police will be patrolling roads, stopping suspicious drivers to make them use a breathalyser.

They say it reflects the time of the year when statistics show Scotland's road users are at a their highest risk of being killed or injured because a driver was under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

As we head towards summer there are many additional social events for people to attend, such as barbecues with family and friends or larger organised events such as town shows or village galas.

Whatever the occasion, as responsible individuals, we all have a duty to consider the amount of alcohol we consume if we intend on driving. It is important to remember that the measures of alcoholic drinks consumed at social events can be significantly more than pub measures.

Drivers must consider that even if you make alternative arrangements to get home after an event, you could be over the limit the next day, depending upon the amount you have had to drink. The effects of alcohol do not wear off immediately and drivers must be aware of this if they intend driving the following morning. Make sure you do not get caught out.

– CHIEF SUPERINTENDENT ANDY EDMONSTON, HEAD OF ROAD POLICING

Thirteen Christmas drink-drivers caught in D&G

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Thirteen motorists were caught under the influence of drink or drugs in Dumfries & Galloway over the Christmas season.

Across Scotland 3.3% of drivers stopped between 2nd December and 2nd January were found to be over the limit - a rise from the 2.8% for the same period last year.

Given the publicity that is given to drink-driving every year, it beggars belief that people still put the lives of others and themselves at risk by drink or drug driving on our roads.

Road policing officers have had a presence in all six regions in the West of Scotland over the campaign period to detect those who insist on displaying such selfish behaviour and risking the safety of other road users.

While the drink-drive campaign is over, road safety remains a priority for us and we will continue to patrol road to detect anyone who flouts the law.

– Chief Inspector David McKenzie, Police Scotland

Woman in Borders caught six times over limit

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A woman from the Borders, who was travelling with two children in her car, was found to be six times over the legal drink driving limit.

The 34-year-old was stopped on Seafield Place in Eyemouth at around 3.30pm on Wednesday 7th December.

She has been arrested and a report is being sent to the Procurator Fiscal.

"Police Scotland's annual festive drink-driving campaign is now underway and we will be robustly monitoring routes throughout the Borders to identify anyone who is driving while under the influence.

"Rest assured, if you are caught to be driving while over the limit, you will be arrested, you will lose your licence and this could have a significant impact on both your professional and personal life.

"Quite simply, do not risk it."

– Chief Inspector Andy McLean, Police Scotland

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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
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