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By Fiona Reid
Annan and Eskdale
Don't risk it

DRIVERS in Dumfries and Galloway are being reminded of the zero tolerance approach to drink driving this Christmas.

It comes after seven people were caught locally for drink drive offences between December 2-19 last year – and 388 across Scotland.

This festive season, the message from The Scottish Government and Road Safety Scotland is that the best approach is no drinking. And their new campaign highlights the consequences of being found guilty of drink driving.

Justice Secretary Michael Matheson said: “Unfortunately there is a persistent minority of drivers who continue to ignore the law. These people are not only risking their own lives and licences, but are risking the safety of other road users and pedestrians by drinking and driving. Drink driving is unacceptable and, if you get caught, you will get a minimum 12 month driving ban, a criminal record for a lengthy period and a substantial fine. Furthermore, a drink driving conviction can have significant social and employment consequences.”

Meanwhile, Deputy Chief Constable Iain Livingstone, said: “Police Scotland has a zero tolerance policy on drink driving and over the festive period we will be increasing our activity to ensure those risk takers aree removed from the road. We’re urging people to plan ahead to help keep our roads safe during the party season. Think about how you’re going to get home before you go out, and don’t forget about any journeys you’ll make the morning after.”

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