The Justice Minister in Scotland believes that lowering the drink drive limit in the country by just a pint will help to save an additional 17 lives every year. He announced his stance along with a pledge to take action so that the change is made.
Kenny MacAskill explained that there is a large amount of support for cutting the legal limit of 80mg of alcohol per 100ml by almost half down to 50mg. This will put the drink drive limit in Scotland in line with the other drink drive limits in neighbouring European countries.
At the same time, it will create a very stark disparity between Scotland and its immediate neighbor England where the higher limit is not going to be changed. Road safety campaigners are also already attacking MacAskill stating that he should have banned drink driving completely and adopted a new zero tolerance attitude towards the practice.
The new law is pretty harsh however as it will place most drivers over the limit if they have had one large glass of wine or a pint of strong beer. Holiday goers in particular will have to be careful since they likely will be used to England laws from right over the border.
A document about the drink driving policy change states that every year there are about 960 casualties on the roads of Scotland and out of these there are thirty deaths that are the direct results of drink driving.
By lowering the limit it is believed that three to 17 lives could be saved every year. Police chiefs have already made plans to remind English drivers that the limit changes when they get in Scotland by posting signs at the border that will remind them that Scotland has a lower limit.