Festive drink-drive crackdown launched in Grampian
The annual crackdown on drink-drivers in the festive period has been launched by Grampian Police - with a warning of tougher penalties.
The force detected 47 drink-drivers - about 10% of the Scottish total - in the same period last year.
Ch Insp Ian Wallace said there would be new punishments for drivers who give a reading of three-times the limit or more.
Those who refuse to give a sample also face tougher action.
As well as fines and a driving ban of at least one year, drink-drivers could face having their vehicle taken away.
Ch Insp Wallace said: "We have to get the message across to people that they will be detected and brought before the courts if they take the risk of drinking and driving."