Salmond urges drink-drive limit cut

Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond has attacked a recent UK consultation on road safety over its failure to include the possibility of lowering the drink-drive limit.

During First Minister's Questions, the SNP leader said: "The limit should be reduced. In our view, the evidence to support a reduction is extremely strong. I think there's a growing consensus on this both north and south of the border.

"The current drink-driving limit was set over 40 years ago. We believe the time is right to look at this again."

Plans for a reduction from the current 80mg of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood to 50mg per 100 millilitres were backed by the SNP, but responsibility in this area is in Westminster.

Organisations like the Association of Chief Police Officers, the BMA and the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents have called publicly for a reduction in the drink-driving limit.

Justice secretary Kenny MacAskill and transport minister Stewart Stevenson have both been in touch with the UK Government over the issue in recent months.

But Mr Salmond added: "We are therefore disappointed that the consultation document on road safety compliance, published on November 20, did not include a direct question on lowering the drink-drive limit."

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