Decrease in drunk drivers in region

Just six people were found to be over the legal drink drive limit in Dumfries and Galloway during the festive season.

Police Scotland breath tested just over 1,200 drivers during the annual festive drink driving campaign which ran between 5 December 2014 and 5 January.

Of those tested, six were found to be over the limit. Inspector Neil Hewitson of the Roads Policing Unit said: “In the same period last year 15 drivers were caught under the influence as compared to six this year.

“This is clearly a big decrease and hopefully indicates that the message about not drinking and driving is starting to drive home to people. Sadly, six drivers ignored the advice and put not only themselves, but other road users in danger with their irresponsible behaviour. Whilst the festive campaign has come to a close for this year, Police Scotland officers are still out and about, round the clock, making sure that our roads across the region are as safe as they can be.”