Justice Committee endorses proposed reduction to drink driving limits

12.11.2014

The public need to be fully informed and prepared for the reduction in the drink driving limit which is due to come into force next month, Justice Committee Convener Christine Grahame said today.

Ms Grahame was speaking as the Justice Committee published its report on the Road Traffic Act 1988 (Prescribed Limit) (Scotland) Regulations 2014, having heard from police and health experts as well as a road safety campaigner.  Earlier this month the Committee quizzed the Justice Secretary on the proposals.

Ms Grahame said:

“The Justice Committee unanimously supported the proposed reduction in the drink driving limit on the basis of the evidence provided we heard.  We welcome a zero tolerance approach to drink driving.

“But for the change in the law to be effective we need to make sure that the public are fully informed that the change is coming soon, and of the implications of this change.

“We have been assured by the Justice Secretary that a comprehensive information and education programme is in place and we look forward to seeing a high level of public awareness over the coming weeks.

“In particular, with the festive season approaching and people on either side of the border visiting friends and families on the other side, we welcome the thought given to such cross-border issues by the Scottish Government when preparing its publicity campaign.”

Background

A copy of the Committee’s report is available at http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/parliamentarybusiness/CurrentCommittees/29846.aspx.

The full Parliament will now be invited to support the proposed changes in the law.  The motion to approve the change in the law is likely to be agreed by Parliament later this month, before coming into effect on 5 December 2014.

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