New Lower Drink-Drive Introduced In Scotland

Reduction Means Drivers Crossing Border Could Be Over Limit

05.12.2014

A new drink-drive limit has been introduced in Scotland, making the legal limit less than that of the rest of the UK. 

The new limit has been reduced to 50mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood, whereas the current limit in England, Wales and Northern Ireland is 80mg per 100ml. 
 
The changes to the law mean that those driving across the border into Scotland after consuming alcohol may find themselves to be over the legal limit, and subject to random checks from police just past the border.
 
Plans to change the limit have been well-received by officials. Highlighting the success that a similar policy amendment had in Ireland, Holyrood's Justice Secretary Michael Matheson said: "Scotland is leading the way across the UK. The new limit has backing from experts, road safety campaigners and the majority of the public north and south of the border.

"This change will bring Scotland into line with most of Europe. It's not about criminalising drivers, it's about making our roads safer and sending a clear message that even one alcoholic drink will affect the ability to drive. 

"Today we are sending a clear message to drivers who continue to ignore the warnings that there is never an excuse to drink and drive."