SHAAP welcomes proposed changes to drink drive laws

The news that the Scottish Government plans to reduce the drink drive limit will be welcomed by most Scots. The majority (74%) of those who contributed to the recent government consultation agreed that the limit should be reduced to 50 mg per 100 ml of blood. This is long overdue and in line with most other EU countries; not unfortunately with England.

At SHAAP (Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems) we have long argued that reducing the drink drive limit will help reduce injuries and deaths caused by road accidents. Even the smallest amounts of alcohol can impact on our ability to drive safely. Health care professionals and the emergency services see the real and immediate impact of drunk driving. Our members, the Royal Medical Colleges, would support campaigns and other activities to discourage drinking at any level if intending to drive.

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