Fall in drivers caught over the limit

Police say the number of drivers caught over the limit has fallen since a new limit was brought in. Pic: Cate Gillon

Police say the number of drivers caught over the limit has fallen since a new limit was brought in. Pic: Cate Gillon

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FEWER motorists have been caught drink-driving since the introduction of Scotland’s tough new limit.

Police said there was a 30 per cent drop in cases in the first week after the permitted alcohol levels were cut.

And ten per cent of those caught were between the old and new limits.

A total of 71 drivers across Scotland fell foul of the new law in the week after it came into force on December 5. Eight were between the old limit of 80mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood and the new 50g limit.

Seven people were caught between 6am and 10am, suggesting they were under the influence from the night before.

Chief Constable Sir Stephen House said he believed publicity about the change in the law had raised public understanding about the dangers.

He said: “I am really heartened by public support for lowering the drink-drive limit

“Our view remains that any drinking, no matter how little, affects your driving so the safest thing is not to drink at all.”

Neil Greig, of the Institute of Advanced Motorists, said the figures showed the message about the new lower limit had got through.

“Now we have to hope that the message keeps getting out 365 days a year and not just over Christmas.”