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9 December 2008

STEVENSON BACKS ANTI-DRINK DRIVING CAMPAIGN

Banff & Buchan MSP Stewart Stevenson has given his backing to the Scottish Government’s new road safety campaign, aimed at curbing drink driving this festive period. The campaign will focus on drivers who get behind the wheel the morning after a heavy night’s drinking.

Grampian Police, along with the rest of Scotland’s eight police forces, have pledged to target early morning drivers who may still have too much alcohol in their system. As well as police checks, all motorists involved in a road traffic accident, even if they are not to blame, will be breath tested.

Commenting, Mr Stevenson said:

“This is an important and needed initiative from the Scottish Government and I welcome its launch today. Drink driving claims too many lives on Scotland’s roads every year and it is important that people get the message: if you drive whilst under the influence, you will be caught.

“Drivers are not just putting their own lives at risk, but those of family, friends and strangers. It is important that friends, family members and work colleagues do not turn a blind eye to those intending to drive whilst still under the influence, but instead stand up and urge them to make use of alternative transport.

“You should enjoy yourself at this time of year, but there is no excuse for risking your own life and the lives of others Banff & Buchan’s roads. If you think you are over the limit, don’t risk it.”
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