31 December 2018

SNP's Tough Action on Drink Driving Leads to Fall in Offences

Drivers Urged Not To Risk It This Festive Period

Local SNP MSP Stewart Stevenson has highlighted figures that show a steady decline in the number of offences for driving under the influence since tough action was taken by the Scottish Government in 2014.

In 2014 the SNP Government introduced a reduction in the drink driving limit in Scotland to 50mg of alcohol in 100ml of blood.

Latest statistics show that convictions for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol between 2014 and 2017 dropped by 23% compared with the 2011 – 2014 period.

Commenting, Banffshire & Buchan Coast MSP Stewart Stevenson said:

“The SNP’s tough action on drink driving has led to a substantial fall in offences since the legal limit was lowered in 2014.

“Everybody knows that driving under the influence is against the law and public attitudes to drink driving have changed dramatically over the last few decades.

“The SNP is committed to making Scotland safer – there are 900 more police officers compared to when the SNP came to office, with recorded crime falling 42%.

“While public attitudes have changed and less people are drinking and driving, too many people continue to take this unnecessary risk, especially for the festive period. My message this New Year is just don’t risk it.”

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