Don’t forget, at midnight tonight the new drink drive limits in Scotland come in to force.
The blood alcohol limit reduces from 80mg in every 100ml of blood to 50mg in every 100ml of blood.
Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill said
This new law will bring Scotland into line with most of Europe and hopefully reduce drink drive arrests and prosecutions, as we have already seen in the Republic of Ireland, where drivers adjusted their behaviour to take account of the lower limit.
Chief Superintendent Iain Murray, Head of Roads Policing for Police Scotland said
An average of 20 [people] die on Scotland’s roads each year and last year a further 90 [people] were seriously injured and 340 [people] slightly injured as a result of drink driving related collisions.
The new lower limit will reduce those numbers and the evidence from across Europe where the lower limit applies suggests we will see reductions in drink driving and blood alcohol counts.
However even at the new limit you are three times more likely to die in a crash than if you had taken no alcohol. It is clear, when it comes to drinking and driving, that the simple ‘the best advice is none’ message is the right one.
Michael McDonnell, Director of Road Safety Scotland, said
It’s almost 50 years since the current limit was introduced and that we still lose an average of 20 lives a year is a disgrace.
Evidence from across the world demonstrates that the best results in tackling drink-driving are achieved by lowering the limit, or increasing enforcement, or both. We know, too, that a combination of high-profile enforcement, coupled with a heavyweight media campaign is the most efficient use of resources, and we are working closely with the Police Scotland and other partners to ensure that people know about the change to the limit and have no excuse.
It’s not about catching more drink-drivers, but about preventing people from doing it in the first place. Ultimately, most of us have too much to lose, so it’s just not worth the risk.
The best option when it comes to drink driving, is don’t risk it.
Visit the Don’t Risk It website