As the Scottish Government makes a move towards lowering the drink drive limit, GEM Motoring Assist, road safety organisation and breakdown cover company, calls for the rest of the UK to follow suit and stop putting lives at unnecessary risk.
Should Scotland make the move, it will bring it in line with the majority of Europe, leaving the rest of the UK as the only nation, alongside Malta, not to have the lower limit. While Northern Ireland’s ‘Road Safety Strategy to 2020’ includes a commitment to lowering the drink drive limit, England and Wales appear to be lagging behind.
David Williams MBE, CEO of GEM Motoring Assist, comments: “There is no doubt that lives would be saved, year-on-year, with a lower drink drive limit. Ideally, no one would get behind the wheel after a drop of alcohol, however, any lowering of the limit will help lead to a reduction in those that are inclined to do so.
“As we approach the festive period, it is a really important time to get this message across. The devastation that comes with the loss of a loved one through any accident, let alone a drink driving accident, is unimaginable and we believe that with the introduction of a lower drink drive limit a number of these unnecessary deaths will be avoided,” David continues.
The blood/alcohol limit is currently 80mg/100ml in the UK, which will be lowered to 50mg/100ml in Scotland, should the change go ahead. Although a welcome-change, the difference could present some difficult situations for UK drivers.
“What makes this change potentially very challenging for UK licence holders is that different laws will apply, rather than a consistent ruling, throughout the United Kingdom. So, losing your driving licence in Scotland for a drink driving offence could be the equivalent of a warning in England. There is no doubt that the UK should be in union about this, and in line with the rest of Europe, as we show zero tolerance for drink drivers who put lives at risk. As a long-established road safety organisation, we will continue to do all we can to make our roads safer,” David concludes.