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Final end of culture of being able to drink and drive

In Shetland the culture that it was OK to have a couple of drinks and be able to drive was still widespread as recently as thirty years ago, but since then there has been a gradual acceptance the two don’t mix. Although there has been a campaign for zero tolerance to drink driving, the Scottish government has decided on a compromise. It was officially announced this morning that the justice secretary Kenny MacAskill has introduced an order in the Scottish Parliament which will mean that, subject to approval, a reduced drink-drive limit will come into effect on the 5th of December, in time for the festive period. Under the plans, Scotland’s blood alcohol limit will be reduced from 80 milligrams in every 100 millilitres of blood, to 50 milligrams in every 100 millilitres of blood, bringing Scotland into line with most other European countries. That is less than one glass of wine or one pint of beer. The Scottish Government previously announced the intention to reduce the limit following a consultation which found almost three quarters of those who responded believed the drink-drive limit should be reduced.