BUSINESS leaders in Selkirk have launched their own anti drink-driving campaign this Christmas.

Following the recent refurbishment and regeneration of the town centre the Royal Burgh has seen an increase in visitors.

But the town’s chamber of trade, along with local police and taxi firms, wants to drive home the message not to drive home if you’ve had a drink.

Bryan Hoggan from Selkirk Chamber of Trade told us: “We want Selkirk to be a safe place as well as a great place to visit.

“There is nothing wrong with Police Scotland’s campaign to deter drink driving but we wanted to add our own voice to remind everyone not to get behind the wheel if they’ve had a drink

“The town has lots of great pubs, clubs, hotels and restaurants, and there will be plenty people heading out over the next few weeks to enjoy them – but all we are asking is that they make sure they take a taxi home.”

The localised campaign was launched this week at the town’s iconic Victoria Halls.

Community policeman Conal McEwan told us: “It is disappointing ever festive season that people continue to put their lives and the lives of others at risk by drink driving.

“We whole-heartedly support any campaign that will remind people of the dangers involved and also what they can lose by drink driving.

“It’s also important for people to remember that drink-driving limits are lower now in Scotland and they could still be over the limit the following morning.”

More than 20,000 motorists are stopped by police on Scotland’s roads every year.

Throughout December and into January roads patrols have been stepped up as an added deterrent.

Anyone convicted of drink driving will receive a ban of at least 12 months as well as a criminal record and a fine.

Bruce Mercer from R&L Taxis in Selkirk has backed the campaign. He said: “This is my first Christmas as a taxi owner and I hope I can play my part in preventing people taking a chance by drink-driving.

“I, like other taxi companies, am only a telephone call away so there’s no need to take the car after you’ve been for a night out.”