A Freedom of Information response yesterday seems to contradict the claims that the new tougher drink-drive laws introduced by the Scottish Government in 2014, have not been effective. While it is true that the overall umber of RTAs has actually increased, deaths caused by intoxication have reduced to zero, in four of the last five years since the introduction of the new limits, and to one death in the other. Deaths due to drink or drugs exclusively cannot be separated in the data. In the previous five years before the introduction of the new limit, there were 11 deaths caused by the influence of drink and/or drugs.
You can see the logic. With the old limits you could get away with one drink, be tempted just to have the one, then go on to have more, but the new limit was so tough, you knew there was no point in having any at all so planned and acted accordingly.
The person who made the FoI request must be disappointed. I doubt we’ll hear anything of this now.