Ministers have rejected calls to lower the drink-drive limit in England and Wales as new figures show road casualties in Scotland have increased since it introduced stricter regulations.
The current limit in England and Wales is 80mg of alcohol in 100ml of blood. Scotland reduced its limit in 2014 to 50mg of alcohol in 100ml of blood.
Transport Scotland’s latest figures show 580 drink-drive casualties in 2016 including 30 deaths. In 2014 there were 460, with 20 deaths.
Transport minister Baroness Charlotte Vere has confirmed that the government has no plans to take action. She said: “Rigorous enforcement and serious penalties for drink drivers are a more effective deterrent than changing the drink driving limit.”
Source: ADI News
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