Drinking and driving: cops say don’t take the chance

Lothian and Borders had the worst increase in drink drivers caught over the festive season in comparison with the rest of Scotland.'Pictured is Superintendent Colin McNeil of the Traffic Police, outside Fettes Headquarters with a breathalyser.
Lothian and Borders had the worst increase in drink drivers caught over the festive season in comparison with the rest of Scotland.'Pictured is Superintendent Colin McNeil of the Traffic Police, outside Fettes Headquarters with a breathalyser.

A 46-year-old man charged with drink driving in Barrhead received a six month prison sentence and three year ban this week after pleading guilty at Paisley Sheriff Court.

The man was involved in a road accident on Lochlibo Road in Barrhead on April 16. According to police, he was breath tested and found to be five times over the legal limit.

Despite the incident, communities inspector Alan Dickson reports an overall drop in the number of drink drivers in East Renfrewshire.

He told The Extra: “The trend seems to be that since the new legislation has come in, we’re seeing less drink drivers. People are being more careful.

“There’s a hardcore contingent of people who do still drink and drive, but we will catch them.”

Inspector Dickson continued: “Don’t drink and drive — that’s the clear message.

Even one drink can put you over the limit, and there is no safe amount, so why take that chance?”

@EastRenPolice tweeted a further two incidents of alleged drink driving this week.

The first, a female driver (27), was stopped and breathalysed on Craighead Way and the second, a female driver (49), was arrested following a road accident on Mearns Road.

Both have been reported to the procurator fiscal.