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Parliament passes lower drink drive limit 19/11/2014 A lower drink drive limit for Scotland will come into force on 5th December after the Scottish Parliament unanimously voted in favour of the new law.

Parliament passes lower drink drive limit

A lower drink drive limit for Scotland will come into force on 5th December after the Scottish Parliament unanimously voted in favour of the Road Traffic Act 1988 (Prescribed Limit) (Scotland) Regulations 2014.

The new limit reduces the blood alcohol limit from 80mg in every 100ml of blood to 50mg in every 100ml of blood. Evidence shows that alcohol at this level can significantly impair driving and vastly increase the chances of being involved in an accident.

A high profile public information campaign was launched earlier this week, aimed at informing all adults of driving age of the change.

“The vote received all-party support, backing from experts and road safety campaigners and the vast majority of the public are behind it,” said Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill. “All the evidence from across Europe where the lower limit is in force suggests we will see convictions go down, reductions in drink driving and blood alcohol counts.”

“Alcohol at any level will impair your ability to drive - even at the new limit you are three times more likely to die in a crash than with no alcohol in your system,” he said.

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