So ingrained is the anti drink-drive attitude in modern-day Tayside it seems amazing that anybody would even risk getting behind the wheel after consuming alcohol.
It is an annual ritual for police to deliver a message of zero tolerance for those caught above the limit at this time of year.
And every year several take that risk and are caught, to be dealt with in court and often highlighted as a deterrent in the pages of the Tele.
Not so, 21 years ago.
Astonishingly, we reported on December 30 1995 that not a single driver tested had exceeded the legal drink-drive limit.
The article read: ‘At traditionally a high-spirited time, drivers in the region appear to have celebrated the Christmas period sensibly.
‘For the first time in years none of the drivers breathalysed by Tayside Police gave positive readings.
‘In the 72 hours covering Christmas Eve. Christmas Day and Boxing Day. police breathalysed 180 drivers, who all gave negative readings.
‘Last year over the same three-day period, the figure was 202 tested and six positive.’
In fairness, in 2016 the police have carried out many more readings than their predecessors in 1995.
But 180 positive readings out of 180 is a darts-sounding score to be proud of.
The sting in the tail was the same then as it will be today.
The Tele continued: ‘However, with the Hogmanay revelry now just 24 hours away, people will be enjoying more than the odd glass of festive spirits, and police warn they won’t be relaxing their testing procedures in spite of the Christmas results.
‘Inspector Alistair Joss, of the traffic division, said. “We will be continuing our campaign throughout the New Year period, and motorists should know they’re liable to be stopped and breathalysed at any hour of the day and at any location.
‘”We’ll be as vigilant as usual and I would advise anyone who is drinking and who is considering driving to find another means of transport.”‘
Ditto tomorrow. Stay safe, everyone.
Turned to dust
The year 1995 also saw the reopening of the level crossing in Gray Street, Broughty Ferry and the destruction of three tower blocks in Ardler. If anyone has this on video, let us know.