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Scotland drink-drive limit now in force

A new law has come into force which makes the legal drink-drive limit in Scotland lower than elsewhere in the UK.

The change reduces the legal alcohol limit from 80mg to 50mg in every 100ml of blood.

Campaigners believe the new limit will cut the number of deaths and serious injuries on Scottish roads.

The limit elsewhere in the UK will remain at 80mg - the joint highest in Europe.

Northern Ireland is currently considering making the same reduction as Scotland.

However, the UK government said it had no plans to reduce the drink drive limit in England and Wales as it said this would have no impact on "high risk offenders".

Police and road safety campaigners have said an average of 20 people die on Scotland's roads each year as a result of collisions involving people who were driving while over the legal alcohol limit.

A further 90 were seriously injured and 340 slightly injured as a result of drink-driving related collisions last year.

In practice the change in Scotland could mean a glass of wine or a pint of beer would put a driver over the legal limit.

This change may impact on company policies who have employees in Scotland or travel and work in Scotland and currently use the UK drink drive limit within their policy.

For more information please visit The Scottish Government website here

You can also read a full account of this new limit on the BBC website here

If you want any advice on how this change will affect your business please contact Hampton Knight on 01827 65999 or