Police Scotland’s annual festive drink driving campaign is now under way, and will run until Tuesday 2nd January.
During this time, the police will be conducting high visibility patrols and roadside checks across Scotland to catch drivers who have taken to the roads while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
The drink drive limit in Scotland is lower than in other countries of the UK. In December 2014 the limit was reduced to 50mgs of alcohol in every 100 millilitres of blood. The rest of the UK has retained a blood alcohol limit of 80mgs.
Last year’s campaign saw a rise in the proportion of drivers stopped by police who were found to be over the limit, from 2.8% to 3.3% in a year.
The four-week enforcement campaign saw an average of 610 drivers tested every day, a 15% rise in the number of checks carried out the year before.
“If you choose to drink drive or drug drive you run the risk of being caught, reported to the court, disqualified from driving for a minimum period of 12 months, have a criminal record for a lengthy period and in some cases your vehicle maybe subject to forfeiture,” commented Roads Policing Inspector Campbell Moffat. “Getting caught will no doubt have wider implications in other areas of your life.”
If you have been charged with a road traffic offence, you are like to be issued a bail undertaking by the police. This will usually involve you being taken to the police station, being charged then released after agreeing to attend a hearing on a given day at a given time. You will be required to sign a form stating that you promise to attend at court at the time indicated on the Bail Order.
If you have been given a bail undertaking, contact Keith Tuck Solicitors today. We are highly experienced criminal solicitors based in Glasgow and will help you get the best possible outcome.