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Lower drink-drive limit 27/10/2014 The Scottish Government has laid an order in Parliament that, if approved, will bring in a reduced drink-drive limit.

Lower drink-drive limit

The Scottish Government has laid The Road Traffic Act 1988 (Prescribed Limit) (Scotland) Regulations 2014 in the Scottish Parliament, which, if approved, will bring a reduced drink-drive limit into effect on 5th December 2014, in time for the festive period.

Under the plans, Scotland’s blood alcohol limit will be reduced from 80mg in every 100 ml of blood, to 50 mg in every 100 ml of blood, bringing Scotland into line with most other European countries.

“The latest estimates show that approximately one in ten deaths on Scottish roads involve drivers who are over the legal limit and research shows that even just one alcoholic drink before driving can make you three times as likely to be involved in a fatal car crash,” said Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill. “As a result, 20 families every year have to cope with the loss of a loved one and around 760 people are treated for injuries caused by someone who thought it was acceptable to drink alcohol and get behind the wheel and drive.”

“Lowering the drink drive limit will help make Scotland’s roads safer, it is the right thing to do, and most importantly, it will save lives meaning that fewer families have to go through the heartache of a loved one lost,” he added.

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