The most recent figures on drink driving in Scotland show that driver behaviour has changed, according to Police Scotland, because there has been no evident spike in the number of people convicted of driving while over the limit. The new law meant saw a reduction from 80mg per 100ml of blood down to 50mg per 100ml of blood, and experts warned that the only way to ensure that drivers were not over the limit was to avoid drinking at all before getting behind the wheel.
They also advised that drivers did not make any plans to drive the morning after a night of drinking. According to figures released pertaining to the number of drink driving arrests made during the first three months of the year, there was no significant change in the number of drink drivers, and this meant that drivers had accepted the changes and now drank less or did not drink at all before getting behind the wheel.
Separate figures, which back up this theory to some extent, show that profits in pubs, especially those in countryside locations, have dropped significantly as a result of the reduction. Some figures show that remote pubs have suffered as much as a 10% drop since the new law was introduced in December last year.
The new limit, which was only adopted in Scotland and not in England or Wales, brought the area into line with most of mainland Europe and means that the limit is now significantly lower than in the rest of the country. Critics warned that it meant a driver could be under the limit when they set off on a journey in England, but faced being over the limit if they crossed the border.
Police said that if driver behaviour did not change in line with the new drink driving limits, then they could see as much as a 33% increase in the number of people that were convicted of drink driving offences. Experts have said that people are likely to continue to adhere to the new law but that pubs would continue to suffer falling profits as a result. It still looks unlikely that England and Wales will follow the new limits any time soon.