SBC support Government plans to reduce drink driving limit

SCOTTISH Borders Council’s response to the Scottish Government’s consultation on proposals to reduce the drink driving limit in Scotland was approved at Thursday’s full council meeting.

The Scottish Government is proposing to reduce the drink driving limit from 80 milligrammes (mg) of alcohol in every 100 mili-litres (ml) of blood to 50mg of alcohol in every 100ml of blood.

An equivalent reduction in breath limit (from 35mg of alcohol in 100ml of breath to 22mg of alcohol in every 100ml of breath) and 107mg of alcohol in 100ml of urine is also being proposed.

As part of the consultation ‘Reducing the drink driving limit in Scotland’, local authorities and other interested bodies have been invited to submit their observations through a number of specific questions. SBC is generally very supportive of the proposals.

Speaking after the meeting, SBC’s Executive Member for Community Safety, Councillor Donald Moffat said: “I am very pleased Elected Members agreed to support our proposal to back the Scottish Government’s plans to reduce the drink driving limit.

“Drink-driving remains a significant cause of road accidents in Scotland. Here in the Borders we must remain committed to supporting the key message to drivers that drink driving is simply not acceptable.

“The Government proposals aim to bring Scotland in line with most of the rest of Europe and this can only be a good thing if it helps towards saving lives.”

SBC’s Executive Member of Roads and Infrastructure, Councillor Gordon Edgar added: “The Council works very closely with the Police to promote the importance of staying safe. Our response to this consultation simply reinforces this good work and shows that here in the Borders we do not tolerate drink driving which puts lives at risk on the road every day.