Justice secretary Kenny MacAskill revealed that the devolved Government would reduce the drink drive limit for alcohol by around 40% from 80mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood to just 50mg. He also said that the lower limit would come into force as soon as possible.
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 UK currently has a 80mg/100mg limit which is one of the highest in Europe, with only Cyprus (South) permitting a higher level of 90mg/100ml.
The move to cut the drink-drive limit will bring Scotland in line with many European countries. The 50mg/100ml limit also applies in Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, Germany (Germany is 0.3 if driver is involved in an accident), Finland, France, Greece, Italy, Serbia/Montenegro, Croatia, Latvia, Macedonia, Netherlands, Austria, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey, Cyprus (North).