Police start drink-drive crackdown

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A SUMMER blitz against drink and drug drivers is set to be launched in the Lothians tomorrow.

The campaign was due to start as figures revealed that an estimated 750 casualties on Scottish roads in 2011 involved collisions where one of the motorists was over the drink-drive limit.

Inspector Ian Martin, from Police Scotland, said: “During the summer months there are many social events such as barbecues for family and friends or larger organised events such as town shows or village galas.

“Unfortunately, people can get caught up in the moment and unintentionally or otherwise over-indulge in alcohol.

“Whatever the occasion, as responsible individuals, we all have a duty to consider the amount of alcohol we consume if we intend driving.”

Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill said: “The message is clear – if you choose to drink or take drugs and drive, you choose to lose your licence.

“Awareness campaigns such as this one are vital to get the message through to the small minority who still chose to get behind the wheel after having too much to drink.”