Lower drink-drive limit before Christmas

The drink drive limit is set to be lowered.Picture: (posed by model) John Devlin
The drink drive limit is set to be lowered.Picture: (posed by model) John Devlin
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A NEW lower drink-drive limit is set to be introduced in Scotland in time for Christmas.

Motorists could be breaking the law if they have a single glass of wine or pint of beer before getting behind the wheel, with the blood alcohol limit dropping to 50mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood. The changes, set to come into effect on December 5, will bring Scotland into line with much of Europe, but mean the country has the toughest rules on drink-driving in the UK. An 80mg limit will remain in force south of the Border.

Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill is expected to confirm the change today, coupling it with a high-profile awareness campaign.

Neil Greig, of the Institute of Advanced Motorists, welcomed confirmation of the “popular and long-awaited policy”.