MOTORISTS IN MORAY are being warned that the risk of drinking and driving during the festive season is one that is just too high to take.
In a week when a study by MoneySuperMarket revealed that every day there is at least one driver in every 1000 willing to take the chance in Moray, local MP Angus Robertson is warning that is still one too many.
The Moray rate is at the higher end of the scale in the national study by the online consumer adviser, prompting Mr Robertson to say: “An intoxicated driver puts the lives of others at risk, whether they are drivers, pedestrians or passengers in their own car.
“MoneySuperMarket’s latest research has revealed the full financial cost of a conviction, and provides yet another reason why drivers should avoid drink and drug driving.
“There are few people who do not know someone who has been injured or killed on our roads. Almost all of these incidents are avoidable, especially where drink driving is a factor.
“It is disturbing that people choose to drink and drive risking harm to others, as well as the risk of large fines and the loss of their driving licence. I urge my constituents to take care and keep themselves, their communities and their loved ones safe this festive season”.
Kevin Pratt, car insurance expert at MoneySuperMarket, said: “There are serious consequences for those caught for drink or drug driving, including up to six months’ jail time, a driving ban of at least a year and a fine of up to £5,000.
“Even after a punishment has been served, a conviction will sit on your licence for 11 years and you’ll have to declare the offence when you apply for car insurance for five years.”