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Scotland considers lower drink-drive limit

The drink-drive limit in Scotland could become stricter in time for Christmas. The government is considering reducing the legal limit to 50mg per 100ml of blood.

Justice secretary Kenny MacAskill’s proposal would come into force from December 5th if Scottish parliament approves it. The new lower limit could mean a driver is unfit to drive after just one pint of beer or glass of wine.

“There are reasons why individuals may have alcohol in their system. It is also quite clear at the 50 (mg) limit, that is when impairment begins to kick in,” justice secretary Kenny MacAskill said, adding that the plan has received “broad support”.  

The Department of Transport told BBC Scotland there were no plans to change the legal limit in England, which operates a drink-drive limit of 80mg per 100ml of blood.

Road safety charity Brake campaigned for the legal limit to be dropped to 20mg per 100ml of breath back in 2013.

The number of road deaths caused by motorists over the limit is estimated to be around 230, a number that is believed to have remained level for the last three years.

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