New drink drive limit for Scotland, probably

If the Scottish parliament gets its way the drink drive limit in Scotland will be reduced from 80mg to 50mg per 100ml of blood. A motion supporting the government’s ongoing consultation, set to finish at the end of the month, was passed 100:12 today. Apparently 10% of road deaths involve a driver over the current limit. Justice secretary Kenny MacAskill has also written to the UK DfT to ask for further powers to be devolved, including on demand breath testing and new rules for young drivers. The recent Scotland Act only allows the Scottish government to change the limit itself. It will require new legislation to implement.

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