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Reducing drink drive limit takes us step closer to safer roads

November 1, 2012 8:33 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Commenting after a Scottish Government debate on drink-drive limits, Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Alison McInnes MSP said:

"The Scottish Liberal Democrats welcome the Government's plans to reduce the drink-driving limit in Scotland to 50 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood. As it stands, the UK is currently an exception within Europe. Only Malta has as high a limit as our current 0.08% blood alcohol content.

"It is concerning that the Conservatives have argued that lowering the drink driving limit could criminalise less serious behaviour. We must be clear that there is no situation where being a little over the limit is acceptable. Reducing the drink drive limit is a further step towards safer roads in Scotland.

"But setting the drink driving limit is not a cure-all. The Scottish Government must go out of its way to educate drivers about the dangers of drink-driving.

"I look forward to the results of the Government's consultation being published, and the reduced limit being formally introduced to Parliament."