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By Fiona Reid
Annan and Eskdale
Thumbs down to drink driving

DRINK driving is unacceptable according to 84 per cent of people living locally.

And the new research from the Scottish Government and Road Safety Scotland (part of Transport Scotland found that many people in the south of Scotland are changing their behaviour, with only three per cent opting to drive after drinking on a night out.

Furthermore, 66 per cent of people wouldn’t consider driving the morning after drinking on a night out.
The figures have been released to mark the year anniversary of the new lower drink drive limit and to coincide with the launch of Police Scotland’s festive enforcement campaign this weekend,
Justice Secretary Michael Matheson said: “All the statistics are going in the right direction – fewer people are being caught, but more importantly there’s a shift in attitudes to even having one drink and driving, and indeed driving the next day after drinking.
“But while these figures show that positive steps are being taken to change attitudes towards drink driving, it is concerning that there is still a minority who would risk the safety of other road users, and themselves, by getting behind the wheel after drinking. That is why I welcome the police action being taken to tackle reckless road users who continue to flout the law.”

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