On 5th December 2014, a new legal drink-driving limit will be introduced in Scotland. The new levels will bring Scotland in line with other European countries such as France, Germany and Spain.
Legislation approval was delayed due to the referendum earlier this year, but plans have now been accepted and will go ahead in time for Christmas.
The limit will be reduced from 80mg per 100ml of blood to 50mg per 100ml.
It is difficult to quantify exactly how many units this means as everyone’s bodies are different, so some people may be able to get away with more than others. Factors that affect how long it takes for a person to get alcohol out of their system are age, weight and metabolism.
Drivers could now be over the limit after drinking a small glass of wine, or a single pint of beer. Yet the advice is to drink zero.
The marketing campaign is pushing the idea that there is no safe limit. You should not drink at all before getting behind the wheel.
The advice is that you should not get behind the wheel at all following a night of drinking.
The new law will mean that whilst you may be within the drink-driving limit in England, if you were to cross the border to Scotland you may be prosecutable. A particular danger spot could be those travelling through England and crossing the border from Carlisle to Gretna on the M6.