MOTORISTS are being warned not to end up in police cells this Christmas.
That was the message from Police Scotland at the launch of the festive drink drive campaign in Moray and Aberdeenshire.
The campaign will run for four weeks until Friday, January 3 and will focus on raising public awareness of the dangers of driving under the influence.
Patrols will be carried out across the division, with particular focus on morning after offenders raising awareness that following a night out drivers could still be over the limit.
The amount of alcohol that can result in someone being over the limit varies from person to person.
It depends on age, weight, gender, metabolism, stress levels as well as other factors including how much food has been eaten.
Even small amounts of alcohol can affect ability so the only safe advice is for drivers to avoid drink altogether.
The limit for being able to drive is 80 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood, 35 microgrammes per 100 millilitres of breath or 107 milligrams per 100 millilitres of urine.
There is no fool-proof way of drinking and staying under the limit.
Moray and Aberdeenshire roads policing Inspector Ewan Innes said: "We are committed to keeping people safe on the roads during the festive season and we want to remind people to drive responsibly
"Road policing crews will be carrying out road checks throughout Aberdeenshire and Moray at various times of the day, particularly during early morning commuter traffic and later at night.
"If you are drinking, be safe and leave the car at home or have a nominated driver.
"It is also worth remembering that you could still be over the drink drive limit in the morning and therefore unfit to drive."