Funsters Beware - It starts on 5th December (1 Viewer)

normanandsue

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As from 5th December 2014 the drink drive laws in Scotland will changed which means holiday makers from south of the border could inadvertently fall foul of the law with serious consequences.

  • Limit cut from threshold of 80mg to per 100ml of blood to just 50mg
  • Penalty is up to 6 months in prison, £5,000 fine and obligatory ban


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...ive-law-tightened-Scotland.html#ixzz3Je2DMZjE
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Badknee

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Thanks for the update but as has been said, don't drink and drive. Zero percent alcohol in your bloodstream should be the law.

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it is so hard to no to some of the funsters. but never drive and drink. I find it hard enough to stand still and drink.
 

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Am I right in thinking England limit 35 mg Scotland was 80mg that more than twice our limit, and the new limit at 50mg is still nearly one and a half times the 35mg limit, or am I missing something, not that I wish to drink and drive either here or there. Pete

I see what I have done it Blood not Breath lol
 
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mjltigger

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No UK limit is 80 BAC which is blood alcohol concentration which is measured by a breathalyzer as being approximately 35ug or whatever.. Scotland's limit will be approximately 3/4 pint of lager after 5th December

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Thanks for the update but as has been said, don't drink and drive. Zero percent alcohol in your bloodstream should be the law.
I absolutely agree with the sentiment (and I don't drive after drinking ever) but 0% isn't practical. It would probably mean a wait of three days after a single unit. As long as the limit catches the morning-after-a-serious-binge drivers I'm happy.
 

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That's a bugger...

If you live near the Border and have a drink in England and drive home to Scotland you could have problems if you make a mistake...
 
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I am totally against driving while drunk, but there is a lot of hysteria about the limit and what it should be. Now call me an old cynic, but how many accidents are caused by people who are just under the present limit? could this be another way for "them" to make money? There are many stories about regular drinkers who drive many times over the limit and rely on luck to avoid an accident and / or getting caught, should "they" not try to catch them first. If the limit is lowered more people will be caught, but I very much doubt less people will be injured. It is just politicians playing games to grab headlines.

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mjltigger

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It only takes once.. I make a point nowadays of not drinking at all if I'm driving... But I'm not sure I get the morning after right and I think if I lived in Scotland I would buy one of those breathalyzer s .. maybe I should anyway
 
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its getting close now and its important, I agree with it, but I feel there should have been some laws made to carry on board brethalisers like in France....and on that subject why is it the UK has no laws on reflective jackets triangles and first aid kits etc in cars......surely the H&S gestapo have missed a trick here?????

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What about with a hangover - is that ok?:p

No definitely not.

I absolutely agree with the sentiment (and I don't drive after drinking ever) but 0% isn't practical. It would probably mean a wait of three days after a single unit. As long as the limit catches the morning-after-a-serious-binge drivers I'm happy.

And some mouth washes and medication contains small amounts of alcohol. Not enough to affect most people but a 0% limit could mean people who need certain drugs couldn't drive.

It only takes once.. I make a point nowadays of not drinking at all if I'm driving... But I'm not sure I get the morning after right and I think if I lived in Scotland I would buy one of those breathalyzer s .. maybe I should anyway

How do those things give a reading? Is it a straight under / over reading? And if that is the case are they set for the new Scottish limits? Just wondering.
 
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No definitely not.


How do those things give a reading? Is it a straight under / over reading? And if that is the case are they set for the new Scottish limits? Just wondering.


The French ones are set for the new Scottish limit 50 mg per 100 ml of blood so it would be possible to use those types - available from ebay etc.
 

Puddleduck

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The French ones are set for the new Scottish limit 50 mg per 100 ml of blood so it would be possible to use those types - available from ebay etc.
Worth checking before you buy but if I did drink (which I don't) I would use one of those before getting behind the wheel - or not getting behind the wheel as the case may be.
 
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Cant the people who drink have their own lane like share with the cyclists. A, we would know where they are and B, their both a nuisance.
 

DanielFord

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This is very true, it is also ironically why this change in limit will have exactly zero effect on road safety.
I shall explain. Those who don't drink and drive will not be concerned by the change in the limit. Those who do drink and drive have exactly the same chance of getting caught as they currently do, the change in the limit will not alter their decision to drive whilst drunk.
So in conclusion it is a very good headline catcher but nothing else.

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