By Scott Allan
A greater proportion of motorists risked a criminal record and higher car insurance premiums during the 2010 drink-driving crackdown than last year.
Police officers breathalysed a total of 169,838 motorists between December 1 and January 1, with 6,613 people over the legal limit or refusing to take the test - a positive test rate of 3.89 per cent.
The figures for 2009 showed that 223,423 motorists were tested - a difference of 53,585 - and 7,638 gave a positive test. At a positive test rate of 3.42 per cent, a greater proportion of drivers appear to have been taking the law into their own hands in 2010.
Chief Constable Mick Giannasi, of the Association of Chief Police Officers, said: "Death on the road devastates peoples' lives and has a huge financial cost to society.
"It will also have consequences for those who were caught. All of them now face a lengthy driving ban, some will face imprisonment and many will have lost their jobs and their livelihoods."