Scottish Government launches drink drive consultation

12.00 | 6 September 2012 | | 3 comments

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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    I totally agree with what Rebecca says and I’d like to add the below:

    Our campaign is also to inform young people that the safe limit is no alcohol before driving, and having the limit lowered will only back this up. If the limit is lowered then it really does give no excuses for drivers to think it’s okay to have a few drinks before driving.

    Every professional will know that any amount of alcohol can affect your driving so not sure why people would argue that lowering the limit isn’t a good idea.

    Obviously education is imperative too, and that’s where we (Don’t Be That Someone) comes in…

    Will be interesting to see what the Scottish Government do…

    Mike, from (London)
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    It is sad & shocking that the current UK limit is the highest in the world. Whilst I would generally encourage drivers to have ‘none for the road’, I can understand the need to have a legal ‘limit’ and with Scotland consulting on reducing theirs in line with most of continental Europe, I’d like to see the rest of the UK follow this example.

    Alcohol impairs a driver’s ability to control their vehicle properly, making them more likely to cause death or injury to themselves and / or others. We really do need to work towards making it socially unacceptable to drink and drive.

    Rebecca, Leeds
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    This is not a real consultation, they are going to impose their will on us no matter what. The justice secretary has stated that his mind is made up already so he will not be listening to any evidence.

    With the smoking ban already killing the pub trade, this is a proper nailing down the lid and an entire way of life, especially for the older generation, is banned.

    A removal of our freedoms, without good evidence, and probably to achieve no actual benefit.

    P Wilson : London
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