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Mother caught drink-driving on quad bike by police

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Image caption More people were caught by police this year compared to the same period last year

A mother was caught driving her child's quad bike on Christmas Day while over the drink drive limit, police said.

The 31-year-old, who damaged parked vehicles and slightly injured herself in a collision in Coldingham in the Borders, was also charged with driving without a licence or insurance.

She was one of 110 people caught driving while over the limit during the third week of the festive crackdown.

Another 10 people were caught driving while on drugs.

All eight forces are taking part in the national campaign from 6 December to 3 January, which will see increased road patrols.

During the same period last year, 90 people were caught, compared to 120 this year.

Ch Supt Brian Anderson, from the police chiefs' body Acpos, said: "As we come to the end of week three of this campaign, I am horrified that our figures are rising compared to the same period last year."

Father's car

Police have requested the courts to consider seizing the vehicles of four offenders under a forfeiture scheme brought in last year for repeat offenders.

Strathclyde Police detected 51 offenders for drink driving and four for driving under the influence of drugs during the third week of the campaign.

In Greenock, Inverclyde, officers caught a 19-year-old who allegedly stole his father's car and crashed it while almost three times over the limit.

He was also charged with driving with a provisional licence and no insurance.

Police in Lanarkshire stopped a man who allegedly stole an HGV from his employer's yard while more than three times over the limit. He was also charged with disqualified driving and other driving offences.

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