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A further 150 reasons not to drink and drive

More than 150 drink drivers in Scotland had their motor vehicles seized then sold or scrapped between April 2013 and March 2014.

An average of three vehicles a week were forfeited by repeat drink and drug driving offenders; first offenders driving or attempting to drive with a high alcohol reading; and those who refused to give a sample of breath to the police without a reasonable excuse.

Court Orders for vehicle forfeiture

included small hatchback cars, luxury saloons, high performance cars, four-wheel drive vehicles, vans and also a motorcycle. Those of any value were sold at auction by Police Scotland and others were scrapped for their metal value. All proceeds were paid to the Scottish Consolidated Fund.

The Lord Advocate, Frank Mulholland QC repeated his warning, given at the launch of this summers drink driving campaign, of the often tragic consequences of the offence. He said:

“Drivers whose selfish actions result in the deaths of others when they drive under the influence of drink or drugs bring misery and devastation to families and loved ones throughout our communities. My message is very clear; you will be caught and when you are, you will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law".

He added:

Motorists in Scotland should also be aware of the tough legal and personal consequences of driving while under the influence of drink or drugs, not only could you lose your vehicle but you will receive a minimum 20 year criminal record.”

If anyone suspects someone of drink driving, or attempting to drink and drive, they can contact their local police office on 101 or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.  They can also dial 999 in an emergency.

Vehicle forfeitures from 1 April 2013 – 31 March 2014:

RTA Charge

Number of Forfeiture per charge

Total Forfeitures

RTA 1988 S4(1) DRIVING WHILST UNFIT

9



Total s.4(1)



9

RTA 1988 S5(1)(a) DRUNK DRIVING BLOOD

1



RTA 1988 S5(1)(a) DRUNK DRIVING BREATH

107



Total s.5(1)(a)



108

RTA 1988 S5(1)(b) DRUNK IN CHARGE BLOOD

2



RTA 1988 S5(1)(b) DRUNK IN CHARGE BREATH

3



Total s.5(1)(b)



5

RTA 1988 S7(6) FAIL PROVIDE BLOOD/URINE DRIVING

2



RTA 1988 S7(6) FAIL PROVIDE BLOOD/URINE IN CHARGE

1



RTA 1988 S7(6) FAIL PROVIDE BREATH ATTEMPTING TO DRIVE

1



RTA 1988 S7(6) FAIL PROVIDE BREATH DRIVING

23



RTA 1988 S7(6) FAIL PROVIDE BREATH IN CHARGE

2



Total s.7(6)



29



Total Forfeitures



151