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Brake welcomes lower drink drive limit in Scotland

Brake has welcomed plans to lower the drink-drive limit in Scotland "as a priority".
Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill said proposals to lower the limit from 80mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood to 50mg will be brought forward later this year.

Sarah Fatica, general manager at Brake, said: "We're pleased that the Scottish Government is taking heed of the warning that road safety charities and the EU are sending out about the current drink-drive limit. It's certainly a step in the right direction and one that we commend, and we would like to see the British Government also lowering the drink-drive limit. However, a 50mg limit does still leave some level of confusion for the general public about what is safe."

Fatica said she would ultimately welcome a limit of 20mg or less, saying the "best message" to send out was one of zero tolerance for driving after drinking.

"What we really need to see is a strong message from our Governments in Scotland and Westminster to say that not a drop is acceptable if you are behind the wheel. This is because evidence clearly shows that even very small amounts of alcohol impair driving.

"Far too many lives are lost on UK roads annually because of drink drivers. If we had a zero-tolerance approach to drink driving, lives would be saved."

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