The drink-drive limit in Scotland could be lowered to 50mg per 100ml of blood

The drink-drive limit in Scotland could be lowered to 50mg per 100ml of blood

Scotland plans to lower its drink-drive limit “as a priority”, the government has said. 

A proposal to lower the limit from 80mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood to 50mg will be put forward this year, Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill said. The change is intended to take effect as soon as possible, he added. 

"We strongly believe that reducing the drink-driving limit will save lives, and evidence from across Europe shows that alcohol-related road deaths drop dramatically where the limit has been reduced,” said MacAskill.

The new limit will bring Scotland in line with France, Germany and Spain. Last year the UK government in Westminster rejected plans for the limit to be cut to the same level for England and Wales.  

Last week Scottish Parliament gave the final green light to implement a minimum price on alcohol of 50p per unit, which will make it the first country in Europe to have such a law, if it avoids an expected legal challenge.