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Three Motorists Caught & Charged Over The New Legal Limit
NEW legislation which cracks down on those who get behind the wheel under the influence of drink or drugs came into force last Friday and resulted in three local drivers being found over the new limit in its first weekend.
Drivers are being warned not to risk drinking and driving after three motorists were caught over the new legal limit in the East Kilbride area over the weekend.
The new legislation, which sees the legal limit drop to 50mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood, came into force on Friday.
The change brings Scotland in line with most of Europe but lower than the rest of the UK, which retains the 80mg limit.
It comes as the Association of Chief Police Officers’ and Police Scotland’s annual drink and drug driving enforcement campaign kicks off.
And with new legislation making driving the morning after a night on the town even more risky, road safety campaigners say the only way not to fall foul of the law is to leave the car at home during the festivities.
Inspector Mark Leonard said drivers must heed the warnings as his officers continue to crack down on those who get behind the wheel under the influence of drink or drugs.
He said: “We are committed to keeping people safe on the roads and there will be extra patrols in place.
“With the new lower limit in force we would ask people to put plans in place if they are going out and drinking — whether that is using public transport booking a taxi or making sure there is a designated driver.
“And if people are in any doubt what is safe to drink with the new limit, my answer would be don’t drink.
“Drivers need to be aware that if they are involved in any road accident, no matter how minor, or pulled over for another matter, they will be breathalysed.
“Drinking and driving is simply not worth the risk as you will be caught.”
Road safety charity Brake wants drivers to not drink a drop of alcohol this festive season. They are calling on motorists to stay off the booze completely and not to take the gamble by driving
the morning after a night of drinking.
Latest figures, from 2012, show that 230 people were killed (one in eight road deaths) and 1210 were seriously injured in crashes involving someone over the limit.
It’s estimated a further 65 deaths are caused annually by drivers who have been drinking but are under the limit.
Drug driving is estimated to cause 200 deaths each year.
Brake is renewing calls for a zero tolerance drink drive limit of 20mg alcohol per 100ml of blood, in line with evidence that even one drink dramatically increases crash risk, and to send a clear message it should be none for the road.
A blood alcohol level of 20-50mg increases your likelihood of crashing three-fold.