Festive drink-drive numbers rise in Lothians and Scottish Borders

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Drivers in the Lothians and Borders have ignored a Christmas and New Year police plea not to drink and drive.

Scotland’s new lower limit of 50mg of alcohol in 100ml of blood came into force on December 5.

But figures released by police reveal that during the four-week festive anti drink-drive campaign, 34 motorists were caught under the influence – compared to 24 a year ago.

And 33 of them were above the old limit of 80mg limit, according to Police Scotland.

Inspector Richard Latto commented: “The new limit is proving a deterrent in stopping people from drinking and driving, but it is still unacceptable that 34 people chose to ignore all the advice and warnings.

“They are not just risking their lives, but also those of other road users and pedestrian.”

He added: “The initial campaign may be over, but our work continues and the message remains the same – don’t risk it.”

Caught drivers face a mandatory, minimum ban of a year, a fine or jail, and a 20-year criminal record.