Motorists stopping for a drink in England could find themselves on the wrong side of the law later this week (Friday, December 5) if they drive across the border to Scotland, Loophole lawyer Nick Freeman has warned.
From Friday, Scotland’s legal limit drink drive level will be reduced from 80mg to 50mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood.
However, Mr Freeman said the new law could lead to motorists being on the right side of the law in England to suddenly being on the wrong side when crossing in Scotland.
Mr Freeman, whose clients include snooker ace Ronnie O’Sullivan and Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson, added Scottish traffic police would be strictly enforcing the new lower limits as soon as the clocks strike midnight.
Mr Freeman said: “Motorists really do need to be extremely careful if they have a drink in England and then across the border to Scotland.
“From Friday, we will face a situation whereby somebody could, in theory, have a drink and still drive in England, yet on crossing the border to Scotland be over the limit.
“The lower limit, which I welcome, will undoubtedly catch out a number of unsuspecting drivers. My advice to motorists is simple – don’t even have one drink because it’s just not worth it.”
Mr Freeman added: “I hope this move by the Scotland Parliament will be mirrored by MPs in Westminster.
“By reducing England’s drink drive limit to 50mg, not only would we be eliminating any confusion along the border, we would bring ourselves into line with the rest of Europe.
“The vast majority of countries in Europe have already reduced the legal limit to this 50mg level and for good reason.
“At the current 80mg level the chances of a driver having an accident increase four-fold. This doesn’t sit comfortably with a government which professes to be concerned about road safety.”