§ Mr. William Hamilton
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what was the number of motorists subjected to breathalyser tests in 1967 and 1968, respectively; and how many prosecutions ensued, and with what results in each year.
§ Mr. Ross
The number of motorists required to submit to breath tests at the roadside and in hospital under the provisions of the Road Safety Act, 1967, was, for the three months of 1967 in which the Act was operative, 1,771. For the year 1968 the corresponding figure was 10,530. The number of prosecutions and convictions cannot be precisely related to the number of breath tests taken over the same period, but in 1967, 159 persons were proceeded against and 156 were convicted under the Road Safety Act. During 1968, 3,756 were proceeded against and 3,670 were convicted.