The number of drink driving offences in Scotland has fallen by 12.5% from December 2014 to August 2015, compared to the same period the previous year.
The number of offences fell from 4,208 to 3,682 according to Police Scotland figures and the Scottish government said this showed there had been a shift in attitude since the legal limit was changed a year ago from the alcohol limit for drivers in Scotland reduced from 80mg of alcohol in every 100ml of blood to 50mg of alcohol in every 100ml of blood.
Scottish government’s cabinet secretary for justice Michael Matheson said: “Since the Scottish Government lowered the drink drive limit last December, 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.
“Collectively, we are sending out a strong message when it comes to drink driving and our advice is simple – just don’t risk it.”
Superintendent Fraser Candlish from Police Scotland said: “Police stop around 20,000 drivers a month in Scotland; that's one vehicle on average every two minutes.”