Dumfries and Galloway sees 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 in Dumfries and Galloway.

That's compared to a 12.5% fall across Scotland as a whole.

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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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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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