DRINK-DRIVING convictions in Scotland have fallen by a third in the past five years, according to new figures.
Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill said 5348 people were convicted in 2010-11, compared with 8071 in 2006-07.
The Scottish Government data was revealed in a parliamentary answer to SNP MSP Stewart Maxwell.
Mr Maxwell said: "These are positive statistics and the trend is plain for all to see – fewer people are drink or drug-driving.
"People are taking on the message that it is completely unacceptable to drive while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
"It is still concerning a high number of people have still opted to get behind the wheel while under the influence, posing a danger to other innocent road users.
"But these figures are testament to the hard work of our police officers."