Motorists warned not to fall foul of Scottish drink-drive law

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POLICE are warning Wearsiders not to fall foul of the recent drink-driving law change in Scotland.

Earlier this month the Scottish drink-drive threshold dropped from 80mg to 50mg of alcohol in 100ml of blood. In England it remains 80mg in 100ml of blood.

This means that although drivers in England may be legally allowed to be behind the wheel of a car, they face arrest if they cross the border and were breath tested by Police Scotland.

Northumbria Police Chief Inspector John Heckels said: “Although the limit may have changed north of the border our message remains the same, don’t drink at all if you are going to be driving.

“It’s not worth taking the risk. Drinking any amount of alcohol can affect your judgement and decision making, and if those decisions are made behind the wheel of a car they can have fatal consequences.

“Our advice to people in the borders is that if they travel between the two countries then don’t drink at all. The excuse that you were legal on the Northumbria side of the line won’t be accepted by our colleagues in Police Scotland and anyone found over the limit in Scotland will be prosecuted.”

Police Scotland Assistant Chief Constable Bernard Higgins added: “Our message is don’t risk it, don’t drink and drive. Far too many people die or are injured each year on Scotland’s roads as a result of drink-driving and the irresponsible disregard shown by drink-drivers for not only their own safety but that of other road users and pedestrians.”