Just over 10% of drivers under the influence of drink or drugs in Aberdeen were caught the “morning after” drinking, a new report shows.
The figures reveal that between October 2017 and March 2018, 13% of drivers under the influence in Aberdeen were caught between 7am and noon.
In Aberdeenshire, 8% of offences were detected during this time period and 10% in Moray.
In December 2014 the legal permitted drink-drive limit in Scotland was reduced from 35 to 22 micrograms of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath in a bid to improve road safety.
The report, prepared by Inspector Neil Morrison from the road policing unit, said: “It was considered by many that the reduction in the legal limit would lead to an increase in the number of ‘morning after’ offenders being detected.
“If the period between 7am to noon is classed as the ‘morning after’, it is interesting to note that only 8% of offences were detected during this period.”
However, his report, which will go before members of Aberdeenshire Council’s communities committee next Thursday, reveals offences of this nature are down across the area.
A total of 107 detections were made by officers across Aberdeenshire in 2017/18, a drop of 6% from 114 the previous year.
Mr Morrison said: “While this reduction is a positive step, it is disappointing to see that so many drivers remain intent on risking public safety.”
The figures also show that just under 58% of the offences were discovered during the weekend, with 27 offences caught on a Saturday and 35 on a Sunday.
December was the most common month for drivers to be caught under the influence, with 26 instances in the six-month period.
The findings also reveal the highest number of offences were detected in the Formartine area with 23 offences detected, compared to 15 in Banff and Buchan East and nine in Marr.
The “overwhelming majority” of offenders were also male, according to the report, with 82 offences committed by men and 25 by women.
The communities committee will consider the report next week.