It has been announced that the Scotland drink-drive limit is to be reduced before the festive season in 2014. Previously the acceptable maximum amount was 80mg of alcohol present in 100ml of blood. When the new limit comes into force it will be 50mg of alcohol in every 100ml of blood.
The majority of European countries already have this same legal limit in place, along with Northern Ireland. However England and Wales will still use the current 80mg limit as its legal measure. The new limit comes into effect on 5th December.
There has been plenty of support for the move, which means even a single small glass of wine could put you over the limit. The same holds true of a single pint of beer. Those in the road safety industry have welcomed the move, as have many police officers and others who see the consequences of drink-driving on the roads. It is hoped the new ruling will mean fewer drink-drive accidents on the roads this Christmas, as the Scotland drive-drive limit reduces in time for many of the festive parties that will no doubt take place there.
How important is it not to drink and drive?
Many say the best amount of alcohol to have before you drive is nothing at all. Alcohol impairs your judgement and makes it more likely you will have an accident. Your reactions will be slower with the presence of alcohol in your bloodstream, and this can be dangerous for you as well as for many other road users. Being a responsible driver is exceptionally important because it could save lives. Make sure you adhere to the new limits if you are driving in Scotland from now on.
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