No Limit Is Safe, Say Scots Police In Drink-Drive Warning

Police Scotland Warns Drivers As New Law Comes Into Force


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The introduction of more stringent anti drink-driving laws in Scotland could lead to a higher than normal number of drivers losing their licences as a result of being caught in the Christmas period, Police Scotland has warned.

Next month will see the introduction of legislation reducing the drink-drive limit in Scotland from 80 mg per 100 ml of blood to 50 mg. Officers have advised motorists to make sure they do not get into trouble by abstaining from drink altogether when they are taking to the roads in the festive period.  

The new rules take effect on December 5th and Police Scotland estimate an extra 35 drivers will end up being caught and banned every week.

Chief Superintendent Iain Murray, who heads up policing on Scotland's roads, said: "Drink-driving causes significant impact on families and our local communities not just at Christmas but throughout the year and the proposed changes send a clear message that there is no safe alcohol limit for drivers."

He added: "Our advice to all drivers is don't risk it. Even at the new levels you will still be three times more likely to die in a collision than without any alcohol at all."

Since April 1st this year, 3,317 people in Scotland have been caught driving while under the influence of drink or drugs, while 434 were found to be over the alcohol limit last Christmas. In addition, over 100 more were warned by police.

As well as bans for drink drivers, the offence causing death by driving while under the influence of drink or drugs will lead to a driving ban of up to two years and a prison sentence of up to 14 years.

Plans to cut the legal drink-drive limit moved closer this week when the Justice Committee in the Scottish Parliament unanimously backed the plan, meaning ministers at Holyrood can seek to move an order that will bring the law into effect on schedule.