The new drink-drive limit has not reduced the number of Road Traffic Accidents in Scotland

The new drink-drive limit has not reduced the number of Road Traffic Accidents in Scotland

13th Feb 2019
Agata Myszkowska

Marketing Manager

Agata

Four years ago, the drink driving limit was reduced from 80mg per 100 milliliters of blood to 50mg in an attempt to reduce the number of fatal injuries on Scottish roads.

The new law applied to Scotland, with England, Wales and Northern Ireland remaining at 80mg.

Surprisingly, there has been an increase in road traffic accidents which involve drink driving, since the lower limit was brought into force a recent study shows.

A two-year project by Glasgow’s University’s Research Institute of Health and Wellbeing confirms there were 6,070 road accidents involving drink driving in 2016 alone.

It is believed that the campaign hasn’t had the desired impact due to insufficient media coverage and inadequate police enforcement.

The laws surrounding drink driving are in place for a reason, as alcohol impairs your ability to coordinate and reduces your ability to drive.

If you get caught drink driving the penalty depends on your offence. You may lose your licence, receive a criminal record or be sent to prison.

If you know you are going to drive after a night out don’t take the risk – it’s not worth putting yourself and those around you in danger.