Driving Home for Christmas: Scotland Reduce the Drink-Drive Limit

JonathanOctober 31, 2014

driving home for christmas

Christmas is fast approaching. Parties and festive goings on are a great temptation so drivers need to be especially careful this time of year and plan ahead. The thought of “I will only have 1 drink and then drive home” will now not be acceptable North of the Border.

This is because Scotland have decided to reduce the drink-drive limit from December 5th, just before Christmas, and motorists are being advised not to drive if they have drunk any alcohol at all.

The limit in Scotland will be lowered from 80mg to 50mg in every 100ml of blood, which means a single pint of beer or glass of wine would put a driver over the limit. This brings Scotland in line with most of Europe and Northern Ireland, whereas in England and Wales the limit will remain at 80mg.

50mg is generally seen as a base line for alcohol in the system. Medication, Mouthwash and a host of other things may contain alcohol and therefore a zero tolerance is generally hard to police. People may not realise they have alcohol in their system without having a drink. 50mg however allows us not to worry about this but is a cause for concern for drinking and then driving, even small amounts.

It is especially important to remember this when having a good time if you plan on crossing the border: what is legal in England could land you with a hefty punishment in Scotland.

Whatever you’re planning for Christmas, remember to drive safe and if you’re drinking, not at all.

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