Q. What is the new lower limit?

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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.

Q. Why change the limit?

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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 »

Q. Why reduce it to 50mg?

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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 »

Q. Why didn’t you just bring in a zero limit?

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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 »

Q. How is Scotland tough on drink/drug-driving?

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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 »

Q. What is forfeiture?

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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 »