Motorists are being warned not to risk drink-driving as authorities launch a festive crackdown on the crime.

Police warned the consequences of drink-driving can be ‘devastating’ and said the chances of being caught are higher than ever.

New research revealed people in Scotland believe the top consequences of a drink-drive conviction are losing their licence, getting a criminal record, or being handed points on their licence.

The likes of a prison sentence or having their car confiscated are not as widely considered.

Outcomes such as losing their job or other personal problems are also less regarded.

Community Safety Minister Ash Denham, Lord Advocate James Wolffe QC and Assistant Chief Constable Mark Williams launched the festive drink-drive awareness and enforcement campaign yesterday.

The Lord Advocate said: “This campaign reinforces the fact driving whilst under the influence of drink is unacceptable and brings misery and devastation to families and loved ones across our communities.

“My message is clear - you can expect to be caught and when you are, you will face the full force of the law.”