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Glasgow Areas in top ten Drink-Driving Hotspots

New data from a Freedom of Information request has revealed that some areas of Glasgow are in the top ten most common areas for drink driving offences.

Figures from the DVLA have shown that more than 20,000 drivers have been banned from the roads for drink-driving or alcohol-related driving offences. The figures, which came from an FOI request from The Herald showed that Airdrie was home to the most number of drink driving offenders. However, two areas of Glasgow, Blantyre and Cambuslang made the top ten, with the areas being ranked seventh in with 230 disqualifications.

Drink Driving Offences

Since 2011, according to the DVLA, 1,573 motorists in Scotland have been banned, an average of 12 a day. The study also revealed that the number of people banned for the minimum period in the last four years fell in comparison to previous years with the number of minimum bans falling to under 4,000. According to experts, this could be due to a potential increase in re-offenders. However, others have stated that the decline in the number of minimum payments has been due to the change in the law which lowered the drink driving limit and took a much stricter view in regards to drink-driving in the country.

A spokesman for road safety charity Brake said: “It is proven that drivers with 20-50mg of alcohol in their blood are three times more likely to die in a crash than those who have drunk none.

“That’s why Brake will continue to call on the police to pursue these criminal drivers, and for the courts to hand out severe sentences.”

Spike in Drink Driving over Christmas

Although the change in the drink driving limit is common knowledge, with many campaigns run highlighting the issue, Police Scotland figures from over the Christmas period showed that there was a seasonal spike in the number of offenders in Scotland.

The number of people charged with driving under the influence rose by almost a third in comparison to the rest of the year. The spike was a stark contrast to the number of drink driving offences which had fallen consistently throughout the year. Over the festive period, 16,225 people were tested between 3 December 2015 to 1 January 2016 with 459 found to be over the limit.

The number of drivers to be found over the drink driving limit in 2015 was 5,204 compared with a total number of 5,503 in 2014 before the limit was changed.

Ch Supt Andy Edmonston, head of road policing at Police Scotland, said: “Despite the encouraging 12 month-drop and general downward trend in the number of drink/drug-driving detections, it is disappointing that during the recent festive drink-drive campaign we caught 459 drivers who were prepared to cause danger to others as well as themselves.

“Road safety is a high priority for Police Scotland throughout the year and our officers will continue to target those who are intent on causing danger to others by driving while under the influence of drink.”

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