One drink could put drivers over the limit

The electronic road sign at Lamberton reminding drivers that the drink drive limit will lower in Scotland from December 5
The electronic road sign at Lamberton reminding drivers that the drink drive limit will lower in Scotland from December 5

Drivers are being reminded that the new lower drink drive limit comes into force tomorrow, Friday, December 5, just as the festive season gets underway.

Scotland’s drink drive limit lowers from 80mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood to 50mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood in a bid to reduce the numbers of deaths on the country’s roads.

The new 50 mg limit could mean one alcoholic drink, such as a glass of wine or a pint of beer, would put a driver over the legal limit.

Scottish Borders Council’s executive member for community safety, Councillor Donald Moffat, said: “The new legislation means the legal limit in Scotland is lower than it is in England, and a driver travelling from Cumbria or Northumberland into the Borders could find themselves over the limit.

“As a result, the national campaign has targeted the likes of Jedburgh and Berwick-Upon-Tweed to ensure that drivers on both sides of the border are aware of the new limit in Scotland.

“It is important that all motorists in the Borders and beyond know about the new lower drink drive limit, particularly during the festive period. We want to make sure people in the region are safe and the way to ensure that while driving is to take no risks and have no alcohol at all.”

One in three motorists have admitted driving ‘the morning after’ while possibly over the limit and there are likely to be more drivers caught in this way in future.

The Scottish Government launched a campaign to highlight the changes, the campaign message being ‘the best advice is none’ when it comes to drinking and driving.

Electronic road signs on key border roads between England and Scotland such as the A1 are displaying messages about the changes and Shell and Tesco petrol stations on both sides of the border are also displaying reminders.