Scotland’s drink drive limit has been lowered. The reduced limit came into effect on Friday 5 December 2014.
The new limit is 50 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood, reduced from 80 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood. The breath alcohol equivalent is 22 micrograms of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath, reduced from 35 micrograms of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath.
The Scottish Government is clear that we want a lower drink drive limit – bringing Scotland in line with the rest of Europe – because we believe it will save lives and will help make Scotland’s roads safer. One death as a result of drink driving is one death too many, so we owe it… Read more »
We think reducing the limit to a lower level of 50mg of alcohol per 100ml, to bring Scotland in line with the rest of Europe, is the right approach to ensure action can be taken against more drink drivers. This new lower limit will allow the police, prosecutors and our courts to take more drivers… Read more »
Alcohol at any level impairs driving and our central message always has, and always will be, ‘don’t drink and drive’. A zero limit would bring some difficulties as people’s response to alcohol varies depending on a range of matters including age, gender, weight, time of day, the time taken to consume alcohol and whether they… Read more »
The best approach is to have no alcohol at all if you’re intending to get behind the wheel – alcohol at any level impairs driving. Everyone is different in the way they process and digest alcohol, so it’s very difficult to accurately estimate the effect of alcohol on your system – so the best approach… Read more »
Whether you are just over the limit or well over the limit, in the eyes of the law, you are a drunk driver and will receive a driving ban of at least 12 months.
All drivers caught drink/drug-driving will lose their licence, get a criminal record, and face a fine of up to £5000 and six months in prison. In Scotland, vehicles can also be forfeited to the crown if you are a repeat offender, or a first time offender who is three times the limit or more, or… Read more »
Forfeiture is an initiative started for the 2009 Festive Campaign. Under the Road Traffic Offenders Act 1988, authorities have the power to seize vehicles under a warrant issued by the court for drivers who are caught driving under the influence of drink or drugs if they are repeat offenders; they are three times the limit… Read more »
The scheme was extended in the summer of 2010 to include drug drivers and applies to anyone who is caught for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs for a second time. Since then over 1000 vehicles have been seized.