Scottish Government launches drink drive consultation
The Scottish Government is to consult on plans to reduce the drink-driving limit (BBC News).
The current UK limit of 80 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood has remained unchanged since 1966 and is the highest in the world.
Kenny MacAskill, justice secretary, said he believed that changing the limit to the lower level of 50 milligrams would save lives.
Ministers have made it clear they want to bring Scotland in line with most of continental Europe as soon as possible, and, according to BBC News, there is unlikely to be political opposition to the move, with Labour, the Tories and Lib Dems all supporting it.
Powers to alter the limit were given to Holyrood under the 2012 Scotland Act.
Mr MacAskill said: “The Scottish Government has long called for a reduction in the drink-driving limit to 50 milligrams.
“We strongly believe that reducing the drink-driving limit will save lives, and evidence from across Europe shows that alcohol-related road deaths drop dramatically where the limit has been reduced.
“Having secured the powers to take this forward through the Scotland Bill, the Scottish Government, as a priority, will bring forward proposals later this year, with a view to the change taking effect as soon as possible.”
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