Drink driving reduces in Scotland over the festive season

Figures released by Scottish police show a significant reduction in the level of drink driving in the region over the Christmas and New Year period.

Police in Scotland conducted their latest campaign against drink driving in the region over the Christmas and New Year period hot on the heels of revised legislation reducing the Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) limit from the previous 0.08% to the new 0.05% level. Publicity and campaigning associated with the change in legislation appears to have hit the mark with seasonal drink driving levels in Scotland reducing by 19% since the same period last year.

Police stopped and tested just over 17,500 motorists during the four week campaign period with 351 drivers having been found to be over the limit compared to 434 during the same campaign period last year. The figures, released by Police Scotland and the Scottish Government, also revealed that drivers who drink the night before are 5 times more likely to still be over the new limit on the following morning.

UK road safety charity, the Institute of Advanced Motoring (IAM), welcomes the figures released from Scotland and is now emphasising that the rest of the country should follow Scotland’s lead and also reduce the drink drive limit from the current 0.08% BAC. According to the results of a survey conducted by the IAM, as many as 47% support the adoption of a 0.05% BAC limit in England and Wales in order to reduce road casualties relating to drink driving.

Commenting on the results of the Scottish campaign, the IAM’s Neil Greig stated that such as result was expected as a result of the high levels of awareness in the region of the new law. He is encouraged by the fact that most drivers are abstaining from alcohol before driving but is nonetheless concerned that there remains a hard core element that continue to ignore drink driving regulations.

“Police must now redouble their efforts to identify and catch those selfish drivers who put everyone at risk through excessive drinking,” said Neil Greig of the IAM.

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