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Scottish government to lower drink-driving limit

28 May 2012 by
Scottish government to lower drink-driving limit

The Scottish government is to lower the drink-driving limit in the country "as a priority".

In plans unveiled over the weekend, Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill said the limit would be reduced from 80mg to 50mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood.

The move came after the Scottish government earned the power to change the drink-driving limit under the 2012 Scotland Act, according to the BBC.

MacAskill said: "The Scottish government has long called for a reduction in the drink-driving limit to 50mg.

"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."

Labour and the Liberal Democrats both indicated that they supported the decision.

Meanwhile, Northern Ireland looks set to follow suit in the autumn.

The 50mg/100ml applies in several European countries, including France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Spain.

Last week, the "yes" campaign for Scottish independence was launched, ahead of a possible vote in 2014.

By Neil Gerrard

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