Posted on Dec 15, 2015 in Personal Injury by Lisa Hainey
A year on from the introduction of the lower limit, research released by the Scottish Government and Road Safety Scotland shows that the attitudes of Scottish drivers to drink driving has markedly changed.
On 5 December 2014 the Scottish Government brought into force new legislation to lower the drink-drive limits from 80mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood to 50mg and bringing Scotland’s drink-drive limit into line with most other European Countries in an effort to reduce road traffic accidents and fatalities cause by drink driving (estimated at more than 20 per year). This means that the consumption of 1 glass of wine or 1 pint of beer could now put a driver over the limit.
A year on from the introduction of the lower limit, research released by the Scottish Government and Road Safety Scotland shows that the attitudes of Scottish drivers to drink driving has markedly changed. Only 5% of Scots would now opt to drink drive with 82% believing that drink driving is unacceptable. Encouragingly, 67% of Scots would no longer consider driving the morning after a heavy night of drinking.
Police Scotland, upon launching their festive enforcement campaign on 4 December 2015, also confirmed that drink driving offences have fallen by 12.5% from December 2014 to August 2015 since the lower limit was introduced. Police Scotland stop around 20,000 drivers a month - an average of 1 vehicle every 2 minutes - and they will be increasing their enforcement throughout the festive period. Statistics confirming whether or not the reduced drink drive limits have had an impact on the number of deaths involving drivers who had been drinking and driving are awaited. Previous statistics suggest about 20 deaths a year involve drivers who have been drinking and driving.
So, for the minority of drivers who still want to take the risk with their own safety and the safety of others the message is clear. If you are planning to drink this Christmas, then don’t drive.