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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

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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

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:

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.

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