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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."

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