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Drink drivers may have cars seized

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Drivers in Scotland found to be repeatedly flouting drink driving laws could have their cars seized by police, as part of a Christmas crackdown.

Police have warned that anyone caught over the limit who has a previous conviction may have their car taken away. Others caught over the limit face losing their licences, and automatic year-long driving bans.

The crackdown measures were launched at the Scottish Parliament by Central Scotland Police Chief Constable Kevin Smith, Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill and Lord Advocate Elish Angiolini.

Chief Constable Smith, road policing spokesman for the Association of Chief Police Constables in Scotland, said thousands of drink drivers were arrested throughout the year. One in nine deaths on Scotland's roads involves a driver who is over the limit.

Chief Constable Smith said: "Despite our warnings that we will target such individuals 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, they still risk wrecking not only the lives of others but also their own and those of their families, due to the severe consequences of being caught.

"This year there will be an added risk in that motorists caught drink-driving now risk losing their car as well.

"Anything that can result in fewer drivers risking drink-driving must be considered."

© Press Association 2009