Changes to Scotland’s drink drive limit approved by Scottish Parliament
- Scotland’s drink drive limit reduced from 80 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood to 50 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood
- One drink could see Scottish motorists exceeding the new up-coming maximum prescribed legal limit in Scotland
Lower Drink Drive Limit in Scotland Approved
A motion lodged by Kenny MacAskill to reduce the drink drive limit in Scotland was voted on yesterday (18/11/2014) and MSP’s voted unanimously in favour of the motion to be passed into Scottish legislation.
You can view the Scottish Parliament, Plenary Session regarding lowering the drink drive limit here.
MSP Margaret Mitchell proposed an amendment to the motion calling for the penalties imposed for drink driving in Scotland to be “proportionate” and MSP Graeme Pearson proposed an amendment to the motion suggesting that the media campaign about the new drink driving limit should cover the “morning after affects of alcohol“, both amendments were passed.
New Drink Drive Limit in Scotland
The new maximum prescribed legal alcohol limit whilst driving in Scotland will come into force on 5th December 2014, just in time for Christmas and will bring Scotland in line with the majority of other European countries regarding laws on alcohol and driving.
The new maximum prescribed legal limit in Scotland as of 5th December 2014 will be:
- 50 milligrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood; or
- 22 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath; or
- 67 milligrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of urine.
Kenny MacAskill stated “Its now the norm across the rest of Europe, its only the UK and Malta that still have a limit of 80….We know that people still die and are injured as a consequence of drink driving. The limit of 50 has come in because that’s when impairment begins to kick in, we know that this will save lives. Not just for those who are driving the car, for those who are passengers in that vehicle, but for other road users and sometimes even pedestrians. We want to make sure we save those lives.”
Chief Superintendent Iain Murray of Police Scotland assured the Justice Committee that the Scottish Police Force fully supported the change and were ready to implement the new regulations on the date they come into force. Superintendent Murray stated “We estimate that we are likely to catch around a third more drink drivers than we do at the moment in the initial phase.”
Scotland Drink Driving Limit Media Campaign
The Scottish Government have already launched a media campaign to raise awareness of the upcoming changes in Scottish law. The marketing strategies used by Scottish Government to promote the new drink drive limit include TV & radio adverts, social media and posters.
The campaign will also be broadcast on ITV Borders which cover areas south of the Scottish border and there will be road signs across Scotland and on border roads between Scotland and England highlighting the reduced maximum legal alcohol limit for driving in Scotland.