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Hamilton Is A Drink Drive Hotspot
Hamilton is one of Scotland’s drink-driving hotspots according to figures obtained from the DVLA. Over the last five years there have been 243 drivers disqualified in the ML3 Hamilton post code area for alcohol-related car crimes.
Hamilton has the fourth-highest figure in Scotland. In Lanarkshire only ML6 Airdrie and ML1 Motherwell are higher.
Airdrie had the highest amount of bans in Scotland with 304 and Motherwell – which includes Carfin, Cleland, Holytown, New Stevenston and Newarthill – had 249 bans.
The combined total ban figure for Lanarkshire post code areas (ML1, ML3, ML4, ML8, ML9, ML10, ML11, ML12 and including G71 and G72) between 2011 and 2015 is 1398.
The amount of bans in the ML11 Lanark area is 162 and for ML9, Larkhall, is 138.
Disqualifications in the G71 area which comprises Uddingston, Bothwell and Viewpark is 118, and G72 Blantyre and Cambuslang is 230.
The Bellshill post code area of ML4 had 106 drivers disqualified in the 2011 to 2015 period and ML8 Carluke had 85.
ML10 Strathaven had 21 banned drivers and ML12 Biggar had 46.
Inspector Scott McCarren of Hamilton police said: “Officers in our area are committed to making our roads safer and my message to any driver who is tempted to drive after taking drink or drugs is ‘don’t risk it, or face the consequences’.
“I would also urge people to report drink and drug drivers to Police Scotland on 101. Alternatively, Crimestoppers can be contacted on 0800 555 111, where anonymity can be maintained.”
The statistics were provided by the DVLA following a Freedom of Information request.
They show that a total of 21,573 drivers in Scotland had been disqualified since 2011.