Lower drink limit fails to deter drivers

Police have claimed that local motorists ignored their festive message not to drink and drive, writes Bob Burgess.

Scotland’s lower limit of 50mg of alcohol in 100ml of blood came into force on December 5.

But figures released by Police Scotland show that in the Lothians and Borders during the four-week campaign, 34 drivers were caught – compared to 24 in the same period a year ago.

And 33 of the 34 exceeded the old limit of 80mg.

During the clampdown police breathalysed 1,090 drivers.

Inspector Richard Latto commented: “The new limit is proving a good deterrent, but it is still unacceptable that 34 people chose to ignore all the advice and warnings.

“They are not just risking their own lives but also those of other road users and pedestrians.”

Caught drivers face a minimum, automatic one-year disqualification.