Home Menu Search

None for the road? Stricter drink driving laws

18 August 2021

A new study argues that lower drink drive limits need to be backed up with stricter enforcement to tackle persistent drink driving-related accidents.

The introduction of a tougher drink drive limit in Scotland over six years ago has had ‘no effect’ at reducing drink driving or alcohol related collisions, according to this academic study. 

Researchers from the Universities of Bath and Essex paint a worrying picture: there has been no change across all types of accidents involving alcohol as a result of the introduction of a stricter limit of 50mlg per 100mml introduced in Scotland in December 2014. 

Their results were consistent for men and women, for younger and older drivers and whether accidents took place at night or in the day / in the week or at the weekend. In addition, the findings suggest the reform did not reduce other crimes as had been expected.

The research findings can be found here with further information on the Road Safety Knowledge Centre

Related news, events and information

Lower drink-driving limit has ‘little effect’ on road deaths in Scotland

8 October 2018 – Researchers from the University of Strathclyde found that the lower limit for blood alcohol content (BAC) in...

Reductions in Drink-Drive limits

18 December 2015 – In reporting the The Belgian government's decision to follow France with the introduction of a 0.2 g/l blood...

UK Drink Drive casualties

26 August 2020 – UK Drink-drive fatalities with at least one driver over the alcohol limit for 2018 is 240. This represents...

Gary Lineker calls for drink-free driving.

15 December 2011 – Car insurance brand for young drivers, ingenie, and Gary Lineker have produced a video to urge young drivers to...

Driving tired is as bad as driving drunk

20 January 2011 – Driving while tired can have the same effect as being over the legal blood-alcohol limit, say Dutch...

New Proposals to tackle Dangerous Drivers

20 November 2008 – Road Safety Minister Jim Fitzpatrick has announced a range of new proposals to tackle drink and drug drivers...

New warning over hands-free mobile phone use

18 March 2009 – Driver reaction times, such as the time taken to apply the brakes or steer away from danger, are significantly...

Drink drive remains a problem

21 January 2010 – Results of the Christmas crackdown on drink driving show that drink and drug driving is still a problem,...

Drink-drive crashes increased dramatically in 2016

8 February 2018 – The number of people killed or injured through drink-drive crashes in England increased dramatically in 2016,...