England May Join Scotland in Lowering Drink Drive Limit to Virtually Nothing

By Gary Cutlack on at

In Scotland, the safe-to-drive blood alcohol limit was recently lowered to a level roughly equivalent to the amount of alcohol you might absorb by sniffing the aftershave of a man in a purple shirt at the bar -- and that tough new level could soon be coming to the rest of the UK.

MPs are said to be considering copying and pasting Scotland's blood alcohol level rules of 50mg per 100ml of blood into the English and Welsh law books, lowering the driving limit from the current 80mg per 100ml that stands today. That's basically one not particularly strong drink.

Transport minister Andrew Jones made the claim, responding to a question in parliament about the issue with: "I am intending to discuss with the Scottish Minister about the experience of the lower limit in Scotland and about the timescales to get access to robust evidence of the road safety impact."

"It is important to base our decisions on evidence and the Scottish experience will be crucial to that before we consider any possible changes to the limits in England and Wales," he added. Not that it'll matter, as hopefully the cars will all be driving themselves soon, meaning we can arrive everywhere entirely hammered. [Independent]

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