All You Need to Know About Scotland's New Drink-Driving Limit & Legislation

On 5th December 2014, a new legal drink-driving limit will be introduced in Scotland. Here's an overview of what you need to know about the new legislation.

On 5th December 2014, a lower drink-drive limit for Scotland will come into effect after the Scottish Government voted in favour of the new legislation to be implemented ahead of the festive season.

It is estimated that an average of 20 people die on Scotland's roads each year in incidents involving drivers who are over the legal driving limit. In an attempt to reduce the number of accidents and the number of drink-driving and blood alcohol counts on the whole, the high-profile campaign is aimed at positively engaging with as many drivers as possible in an effort to provide real-time education and prevent future fatalities.

What is the new limit?

The legal limit has been reduced from 80mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood to 50mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood.

What does this mean for me?

With the possibility of being caught higher than it's ever been previously, it is difficult to measure how many units' means over the limit for you.

Aspects that influence how long it takes for alcohol to leave an individual's system include age, weight and metabolism and as this will vary per person some drivers may now be over limit after consuming just one small glass of wine or a single pint of beer.

The advice given in this initiative when driving is to drink nothing.

Points to Remember not only from December:

1) Police Scotland stop over 80,000 vehicles each month with approximately 20,000 offences committed each month.

2) The Police have an obligation to breathalyse any driver who:

Has been stopped for any moving traffic offence (e.g. faulty brake light, not wearing a seatbelt, using a mobile)

They suspect has been drinking or taking drugs

Has been involved in accident

3) Drivers can definitely still be over the limit the morning after drinking the evening before.

4) It can take roughly around 10 hours for your system to be alcohol-free after having one bottle of wine.

5) It can take approximately 13 hours for your system to be alcohol-free after having four pints of lager or ale.