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Cut in drink-driving limit urged

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The Scottish Government should be given the power to cut the drink-driving limit if UK ministers fail to act, Holyrood justice secretary Kenny MacAskill has urged.

He believes that a reduction in the limit would send a clear message that drinking and driving is unacceptable, as well as slashing the number of road accidents and resulting car insurance claims.

The Scottish Government has made repeated calls for the drink-drive limit to be brought in line with much of the rest of Europe by reducing it from the current level of 80mg of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood to 50mg.

And Mr MacAskill has again written to UK transport secretary Geoff Hoon, urging Westminster to act on the issue.

He wrote: "The Scottish Parliament debated the question of a lower limit on 18 December 2008 and voted in clear favour of a reduction. I would therefore ask you once again, to commit now to bring forward a reduction in the limit.

"Failing such a commitment, we would ask for the powers to set the limit to be transferred to the Scottish ministers through the mechanism provided in the Scotland Act 1998."

© Press Association 2009