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Driver charged with being seven times drink-drive limit on Edinburgh city bypass

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A driver has been charged with being almost seven times the drink-drive limit after other motorists stopped him on Edinburgh city bypass.

The 30-year-old man was spotted driving “erratically” along the dual carriageway in the dark with no lights on. Other drivers managed to stop his vehicle at Sheriffhall, Edinburgh, on Friday evening.

Police were called and the man failed a roadside breath test. A sample taken at the police station gave a lower reading of 148mcg in 100ml of breath. The legal limit is 22mcg.

Road Policing Scotland said: “A driver was stopped by concerned motorists at Sheriffhall after witnessing the vehicle being driven erratically with no lights on.”

A Police Scotland spokeswoman confirmed that the driver is due to appear at Edinburgh Sheriff Court tomorrow.

Another motorist was also charged after failing a breath test following a collision on the A977 between Kinross and Kincardine yesterday.

The driver was held in custody after providing a reading of 132mcg – six times the legal limit.

Police Scotland launched its festive drink-driving campaign last month, and said it is also targeting drug-drivers for the first time this year. Roadside drug-detection kits were rolled out in October and can test for cannabis, cocaine and other substances.