The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) has announced that it strongly supports the Scottish Government’s move to lower its drink-drive limit in time for this Christmas.
The proposed new legal limit will be 50mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood, a reduction from the current limit of 80mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood. A public awareness campaign will also be launched with the message that drivers should not drink alcohol at all.
RoSPA, a safety charity that has been at the heart of accident prevention for nearly 100 years, has long campaigned for a lower drink-drive limit to be introduced across the whole of the UK.
It hopes that other parts of the country will now follow Scotland’s lead in taking steps to reduce their drink-drive limits, too.
The Scottish Government previously announced its intention to reduce the limit following a consultation which found almost three quarters of those who responded believed the drink-drive limit should be reduced.
Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill said: “Drink driving shatters families and communities and we must take action to reduce the risk on our roads.”
Research shows that even just one alcoholic drink before driving can make you three times as likely to be involved in a fatal car crash.