POLICE in Fife have expressed bitter disappointment at a shock 30 per cent rise in drink driving over the festive period.
The concerning total included nine young drivers aged between 17 and 25.
And the highest reading of almost four times the limit came from a qualified driver who was supervising a learner when he was stopped!
Figures released this week reveal that between December 6 and January 3 - the duration of the national Festive Safety Campaign - a shocking 26 motorists including four women were caught over the limit.
One was found to be unfit to drive
through drink or drugs and six refused to provide a sample.
The same figures for the 2009/10 campaign were 22, two and 0 respectively.
Chief Superintendent Alistair McKeen, of the force’s Specialist Services Division, said: “It is bitterly disappointing that so many people have continued to take risks on the roads over Christmas and New Year.
‘‘But no-one will be more disappointed than the drivers themselves who all stand to lose their licences, and suffer the consequences of no longer being able to drive.
‘‘And that may mean the loss of their livelihoods. ‘‘
He revealed the force had applied to the Procurator Fiscal to have three vehicles seized after drivers were caught for a second time.
Chief Superintendent McKeen continued: “On behalf of the law-abiding public in Fife, I am particularly grateful to those who responded to our calls for information on individuals intent on driving after drinking -- seven of those caught were as a direct result of such information.
‘‘I congratulate the public-spiritedness of those who called and thank them for playing their part in making Fife a safer place over the holidays.
“A further nine drivers were found to have be more than twice the legal limit.
“Two arrests were also made between 0600 and 1000, which is unsurprising given the number of late night parties taking place across the Kingdom.
‘‘Overall, whilst the increase on last year’s figures is disappointing, officers have worked hard to ensure that those taking chances on the roads are brought to book.