Falkirk North MSP Michael Matheson launched the festive drink drive campaign last week with assistant chief constable Bernie Higgins.
Unfortunately, across the Falkirk area, we have already caught drivers who are over the limit which – given the level of publicity – is concerning.
Officers from the divisional roads policing unit will be supporting local officers undertaking enforcement activity, increasing patrols and facilitating stops on vehicles where the driver is believed to be impaired through alcohol.
As part of planning for your nights out and visiting friends it’s important to identify how you will be getting home.
Driving the car after drinking alcohol is not acceptable. And officers will increase patrols throughout the festive period, targeting drunk drivers.
The message this year is the best approach is none and it’s important for all of us to play our part.
If you are concerned about a friend or work colleague on a night out discourage them and, where possible, advise them not to drink and drive.
The drink drive legal alcohol limit is low and even one drink may put you over the legal limit.
So the best advice is: don’t risk it, don’t drink and drive.