AECC ENCOURAGE DRIVERS NOT TO RISK IT THIS CHRISTMAS

AECC ENCOURAGE DRIVERS NOT TO RISK IT THIS CHRISTMAS: Drivers reminded of new lower drink drive limit

 

Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre (AECC) is supporting a nationwide campaign to remind drivers of the new lower drink drive limit in Scotland and share advice on how to stay safe this festive period.

 

Scotland’s drink drive limit has been lowered from 80mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood to 50mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood.

 

One death as a result of drink driving is one death too many, so we owe it to the people of Scotland to consider what proportionate action we can take to reduce deaths and injuries on our roads. A lower limit should help reduce the numbers of deaths further.

 

The advice when it comes to drinking and driving continues to be that the best approach is not to drink any alcohol at all before getting behind the wheel.

 

Brian Horsburgh, Managing Director at AECC, commented: “We are proud to support this campaign to encourage our clients, customers and friends to enjoy a safer festive period for everyone.  With this change in the legal limit we think the best advice is don’t drink any alcohol if you are going to drive, even if you are having alcohol at night then don’t drive in the morning as it can take roughly 10 hours to be alcohol free after a bottle of wine and 13 hours to be alcohol free after four pints of premium lager!”

 

Former Cabinet Secretary for Justice, Kenny MacAskill, said: “With the approval of Parliament, the new drink drive limit will come into force on 5th December 2014, making our roads safer and saving lives. We are doing everything we can to make sure everyone is informed about the new lower level.

 

“A persistent minority of people are still getting behind the wheel after drinking – the best approach is to have nothing at all, alcohol at any level impairs driving.

 

“This new law will bring Scotland into line with most of Europe and hopefully reduce drink drive arrests and prosecutions, as we have already seen in the Republic of Ireland, where drivers adjusted their behaviour to take account of the lower limit.”

 

Find out more by visiting the Road Safety Scotland Facebook page, visiting www.dontriskit.info or following @RoadSafetyScot on Twitter.

 

ENDS

 

For more information please contact Sarah Coutts, Senior PR & Marketing Executive at AECC on 01224 330430 or email scoutts@aecc.co.uk

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