Scottish Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill’s plan to reduce the alcohol limit from 80mg to 50mg in every 100ml of blood has been backed by MSPs on Holyrood’s Justice Committee. More than 3000 people have been arrested for drinking and driving in this year till now. In light of the awareness campaign in next month, the police caution that there would be ‘no safe limit’ for drivers. After hearing from Mr MacAskill and senior police officers, the Justice Committee agrees that the changes should be brought forth. The new limit is expected to come into force from 5th December as the proposal will be voted on by the full chamber at the Scottish Parliament.
According to Ch Supt Iain Murray, throughout the year drink-driving affects families and communities and not just on Christmas. He says that an extra of 35 drivers can be anticipated to lose their licence during the festive time once the new limits kick in. He welcomes the changes and warns the drivers not to risk their lives as they will still be three times more likely to die in a collision than without any alcohol at all.