Drink drive convictions in Scotland since April 2016: FOI release

Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

FOI reference: FOI/18/01379
Date received: 15 May 2018
Date responded: 24 May 2018

Information requested

Information on drink drive convictions in Scotland since 1st April 2016 to the present day.


We publish information on people convicted of 'driving while under the influence', which includes drugs and alcohol, in table 4b of the Criminal Proceedings in Scotland, 2016-17 statistical bulletin. This is available here:


Under section 25(1) of FOISA, we do not have to give you information which is already reasonably accessible to you. If, however, you do not have internet access to obtain this information from the website(s) listed, then please contact me again and I will send you a paper copy.

The following table provides a breakdown of the crimes within the aforementioned category.

People convicted in Scottish courts for driving under the influence offences, where main charge, 2016-17

Total convictions 3,646
Driving motor vehicle while unfit through drink or drugs 243
Driving mv with blood alcohol content above prescribed limit 2,751
Failure to prov breath,blood or urine specmn at police stat 355
Failure to provide breath specimen at the roadside 51
In charge of motor vehicle while unfit through drink/drugs 34
In charge of mv while blood alcohol content above limit 212

Source: Scottish Government Criminal Proceedings database.

Please note that our Criminal Proceedings data is published on a financial year basis and that information for 2017-18 will not be available until early 2019. You could contact the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) at foi@copfs.gsi.gov.uk who may be able to assist with information from their live management system although care should be taken when comparing their data with ours as they report on a number of charges basis rather than a persons basis.

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Central Enquiry Unit
Email: ceu@gov.scot
Phone: 0300 244 4000

The Scottish Government
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