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10September2015

Lowering the drink-drive limit in Scotland has had no impact

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As calls to lower the drink-drive limit in England and Wales, statistics in Scotland show that the introduction of a lower drink-drive has had no effect on the rates of offending.

Figures released by Police Scotland show officers recorded 1,337 drink or drug driving related offences for the first three months of this year – a slight reduction in the 1,388 recorded during the same period last year, before the lower limit was introduced in December 2014.

The Scottish Government said that the lack of a sudden spike in drink-drive related offences proved that behaviour had changed despite Ministers warning police to expect around a third more drink-drivers.

A Scottish Government spokesperson said: ‘It is extremely encouraging to see that the number of drink driving offences fell in the first quarter since the lower limit came into force in Scotland. These statistics show that the new lower limit has helped to make our roads safer while bringing Scotland into line with almost every other country in Europe.’

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