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B WARNED; If you are stopped by cops for any reason this Xmas, you WILL be breath-tested.

Byline: By Charlotte Bailey

EVERY motorist stopped for driving offences in Scotland will be breathalysed, police warned yesterday.

The policy will be announced by senior cops as part of the annual festive drink-driving campaign.

It will come into force today and remain in place permanently.

It means that drivers will be breathtested after being stopped for offences such as speeding, running a red light or holding a mobile phone.

The Association of Chief Police Officers Scotland (ACPOS) hope the move will reduce the number of motorists who are willing to risk drinking and driving.

The policy was welcomed by motoring and health organisations.

A spokesman for the Institute of Advanced Motorists said: "Breath testing is an important part of road policing.

"We do not feel the policy infringes in any way on drivers' civil liberties and feel instead that this should be a reminder to all drivers not to drink and drive this Christmas."

A spokeswoman for the British Medical Association added: "Increasing the chances for police to breathalyse drivers will act as a strong deterrent.

"If people know they are going to be stopped, then it may make them think twice about drinking and driving."

Last year's Christmas campaign saw a 12 per cent rise in the number of motorists caught drink-driving.

The number of those who were over the limit or refused to be tested has risen almost every year, from three per cent in 1998 to four per cent last year.

A spokesman for ACPOS said: "Lowering the limit is the best way to combat the increasing problem of drink-driving."

Tayside Police Chief Constable John Vine, chairman of road policing for ACPOS, will announce the measures at Ninewells Hospital in Dundee.

The festive drink-driving campaign runs from today until January 4.

Justice secretary Kenny MacAskill said Scotland had a "serious problem with alcohol" that needed to be addressed.

He added: "Drink-driving remains a constant thorn in efforts to make our roads and communities safer. It is the cause of far too many collisions, injuries and deaths on our roads."

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