Drink driving figures in Forth Valley fall

Scottish Justice Secretary Michael Matheson welcomes the new drink drive limit
Scottish Justice Secretary Michael Matheson welcomes the new drink drive limit

The number of people caught drink-driving on Forth Valley roads over Christmas and New Year fell by eight per cent.

From a total of 1286 motorists stopped in Falkirk, Stirling and Clackmannanshire between December 8 and January 5 and tested for alcohol, 24 were under the influence compared to 26 in the same period last year.

Of those now facing 2015 with a ban, fine and minimum 20-year criminal record, two were detected between the new 50mg limit and the previous limit of 80mg of alcohol in 100ml of blood.

Nationally, the figures plunged by nearly a fifth.

The latest festive crackdown saw Police Scotland stop 17,504 drivers - an average of 625 a day - and catch 351 behind the wheel illegally compared to 434 over the same four-week period between December 2013 and January 2014, a drop of 19 per cent.

Justice Secretary Falkirk West MSP Michael Matheson said: “The eight per cent decrease in detections in Forth Valley over the festive period is testament to the immediate effect the new lower limit has had helping make our roads safer.”