Drink Driving Cases In Scotland
It was reported today that there has been a rise in the number of drink driving cases in Scotland and those caught by police over Christmas and new year, the Scottish government has said.
Drink driving cases in Scotland have been in decline in more recent times but it would seem this year that there has been a pattern change.
It is incredibily difficult to decipher the true meaning of the statistics that are published by the police and the Scottish Transport office as there is a clear agenda to drive home the message that drink driving causes deaths and injuries on our roads and even 1 injury or incident is too much. Fair enough but we don’t need a lecture we need laser focus on the problem and a resolution to target knowledge and information at those who can be stopped from this type of behaviour. We all know that there will be a hard core who cannot or will not change their behaviour.
We need to have reasoned debate and proper statistical analysis on the issue to work out what the true solutions are. Is it the cae that lowering the drink drive limit has in fact been a bad thing as it will criminalise many people who, had they been just over the limit in the rest of the UK would have no criminal record?
Morning after drink driving may have been revealed as a significant factor in the increase and we need to examine the statistics on the amount of stop and tests that occurred in the past over the morning period. Rigour and decent analysis needs to be brought to these figures to work out what we can learn and how we can educate and inform the Scottish public rather than criminalise and demonise people who inadvertantly find themselves over the drink drive limit, the morning after drinking.The Scottish government said that of the 625 detected, 46 were caught the morning after drinking the night before – up from 13 in 2015/16
The published figures show that Scotland’s Police stopped almost 19,000 drivers during a four-week campaign. A total of 625 – or one in 30 – were found to be over the limit.