The drink-drive limit in Scotland will be lowered “as a priority”, the Scottish Government has said (BBC News).
Kenny MacAskill, justice secretary, said plans to lower the limit from 80mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood to 50mg will be brought forward later this year.
Mr MacAskill said: “The Scottish Government has long called for a reduction in the drink-driving limit to 50mg.
“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.”
The power to change the limit, under the 2012 Scotland Act, recently received royal assent. Willie Rennie, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader, has urged ministers to make use of the new powers as soon as possible, BBC News reports.
He said: “The new powers devolved under the Scotland Bill present us with some fantastic opportunities to shape the Scotland we want to live in.”
Lewis Macdonald, Scottish Labour’s justice spokesman, said: “This is a welcome development and something I called for several weeks ago. We need to get the details right, but the SNP will have our support on the issue as the Scottish Parliament works through the fine print.”
Jackson Carlaw, Scottish Conservative deputy leader, also welcomed the proposals, saying: “We believe that everything should be done to reduce road deaths caused directly by alcohol.”
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