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Scottish drink driving convictions drop by 1/3

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The number of drink-driving convictions in Scotland has dropped by one-third in the past five years.

Some 5,348 people were convicted of the offence in 2010-11, which represents a substantial decrease from the 8,071 caught in 2006-07.

It means that policies in the country are successfully tackling the problem.

Stewart Maxwell, MSP for West of Scotland, said the evidence points to the fact that people are beginning to understand the importance of not getting behind the wheel after taking alcohol.

"These figures are testament to the hard work of our police officers who are helping make our roads safer by taking a tough stance on drink-drug drivers," he added.

Mr Maxwell would like to see the current drink-driving limit reduced even further to bring it in line with the European norm.

It is hoped this move will further reduce the number of accidents that take place on the roads. ADNFCR-2576-ID-801390129-ADNFCR

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