Tougher Scottish drink drive laws “make no difference” – report

A new report is suggesting stricter drink drive limit in Scotland has had “no effect” in reducing accidents.

Scottish newspaper the Daily Record reports that researchers at the Universities of Bath and Essex found no change across all types of accidents involving alcohol as a result of a stricter limit of 50mg per 100ml, with the team concluding the reforms did lead to stronger anti-drink drive public sentiment but that was not enough to make a sustained change.

The Scottish Government reduced the drink drive limit from 80 to 50mg per 100ml of blood in December 2014, while the limit in England remained at 80mg.

The paper says the research team concluded a minority of Scots continued to drive while under the influence because of a lack of cheap transport alternatives and weak law enforcement.

(Picture – Road Safety GB/Safer Scotland)

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