GEM Motoring Assist has praised the Scottish Government for introducing a lower drink drive limit (as of 5 December) and is calling on the rest of the UK to follow this example.
The new limit brings Scotland into line with most of Europe, and Northern Ireland is considering making the same reduction. The limit in the remainder of the UK is 80mg, and GEM points out that the only other European country that shares this limit is Malta.
David Williams, GEM chief executive, said: “Research shows that reducing drink drive limits is effective in reducing deaths and injuries. What’s more, the move at this time of year brings a welcome opportunity to highlight the dangers of drinking and driving.
“There is sound logic and good research to back the reduction. For example, the introduction of a 20mg limit in Sweden reduced fatal crashes by 9.7%, with a 7.5% reduction in all crashes. Additionally, the lower limit reduced crashes among drivers who were the most serious drink-driving offenders. So even drivers causing accidents who were found to be well above the limit reduced after the introduction of the ban.
“It’s worth noting that even at the new, lower limit, you are three times more likely to die in a crash than if you had taken no alcohol.
“That’s why GEM has always supported the policy that if you need to drive, don’t drink any alcohol.”