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Festive drink drive campaign

Published Friday, 30 November 2018

Scottish Government and Road Safety Scotland campaign raising awareness of consequences of drink driving over festive season

Don’t drink and drive, the best approach is none - that's the clear message for the festive season.

The Scottish Government and Road Safety Scotland (part of Transport Scotland) are running a campaign to raise awareness of the consequences of drink driving this festive season, with the clear message – don’t drink and drive, the best approach is none.

Key messages:

  • Even one drink before driving can have devastating consequences.
  • You’ll face an automatic 12-month ban, a criminal record, an unlimited fine, and could even receive a prison sentence of up to 6 months. The vehicle forfeiture scheme means that, in some cases, your car can be seized and crushed.
  • On a personal level a drink drive conviction can lead to unemployment, humiliation, guilt and have a negative impact on your friends and family.
  • More than 20,000 drivers are stopped by the police every month, so don’t risk it, don’t drink and drive this Christmas.
  • When it comes to drink-driving, ‘the best approach is none’
  • Think about how you’re going to get home, before you head out – and remember to consider any journeys the morning after.
  • Even if you’re slightly over the limit, in the eyes of the law you are still a drunk driver and a criminal - there’s no grey area.
  • Don’t risk it. Don’t drink and drive.

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The campaign hashtags are #dontriskit and #dontdrinkanddrive