Plans to lower drink drive limit
THE Scottish Government is consulting on plans to reduce the drink driving limit in Scotland.
It proposes lowering the existing limit of 80mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood to 50mg per 100ml.
It follows transfer of powers from Westminster to Holyrood and would bring Scotland in line with the majority of mainland Europe.
Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill said, "We strongly believe that reducing the drink driving limit will save lives. Tragically, the latest Reported Road Casualty figures estimate that just over one in nine deaths on Scotland's roads involve drivers who are over the limit. This equates to an average of 30 deaths on Scotland's roads every year.
"That is 30 too many, and we are proposing action to help reduce this number."
The reduction in the existing blood/alcohol limit would also be reflected in breathalyser limits and urine tests.
The move would lower the existing breath limit of 35 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath to 22mcg of alcohol in every 100ml.
Country / Legal blood alcohol concentration limit (per mg in 100ml of blood)
Czech Republic 0
Republic of Ireland 50
This article appeared in Alloa & Hillfoots Advertiser 10 Sep 12
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Sep 10, 17:12
the only way forward is to ban drinking and driving altogether. a zero count is the only sure way that you can aviod loseing your licence. and even more make sure you are not responcible for injuring someonme or worse killing them.
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