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Government Aims to Cut Drink Drive Limit Before Christmas


Government Aims to Cut Drink Drive Limit Before Christmas

Almost 75% of responses to a previous consultation agreed that the limit should be reduced.

I was pleased to read that the Scottish Government aim to lower the drink-drive limit in time for Christmas. Almost 75% of responses to a previous consultation agreed that the limit should be reduced.

The current limit of 80mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood will be reduced to 50mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood, if plans are approved. This would bring Scotland into line with most other European countries. Current statistics suggest that in Scotland, 20 deaths a year involve drivers who had been drinking and driving.

If the order is approved, the new limit will come into force on 5 December 2014, just in time for the flurry of Christmas parties and nights out.

It will mean that one glass of wine or a pint of beer could put a driver over the legal limit.

Drivers will need to be aware that this reduced limit might also mean that they are unable to drive the morning after the night before. There is no way of speeding up the process of alcohol elimination from the body meaning that you could still be over the limit the next morning.

The Scottish Government will be launching a multi-media campaign to raise awareness of the new limit, should it be approved.

Caroline Kelly is an Associate and Solicitor Advocate in Thorntons Personal Injury Team. If you have any questions about making a personal injury claim, please contact Caroline at ckelly@thorntons-law.co.uk

Posted by Caroline Kelly

Partner & Solicitor Advocate

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