Driving under the influence is down 23%

Figures are down from last years festive period
Figures are down from last years festive period

Figures released by Police Scotland showed that the amount of people caught under the influence during December had fallen by 23%.

The numbers come after 52 people were caught under the influence of drugs or alcohol in Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire and Moray while 68 were caught in the same period last year.

The reduction in drink-drive offences has been welcomed, however Police Scotland still highlight the importance of not driving too soon the morning after consuming alcohol.

Out of the 19 people caught drink driving in Aberdeenshire and Moray, four were individuals who had been stopped between 6am and 10am and found to still be over the legal drink-drive limit.

The new lower drink drive limit of 50mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood came into force on December 5, 2014.

Chief Inspector Louise Blakelock said: “The reduction in the number of people drink-driving is positive and it seems that people are paying attention to the message that it is not worth the risk of drinking and driving.

“Our enforcement and education about drink driving will continue throughout the year and we will continue to remind people of the dangers of drinking and driving. You put yourself at risk as well as other innocent road users. Remember also that it is quite possible you will still be over the drink drive limit the morning after a night out.”