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Scottish Breathalyser

How home breathalysers could benefit you in the UK

Here in the UK, governments and law enforcement agencies have really been cracking down on drunk drivers over the last few years, and for good reason too. Not only do drivers over the legal blood alcohol limits put their own lives, plus the lives of pedestrians and other road users in danger, they also cost the taxpayer millions upon millions of pounds every single year. On average, close to 1500 people are injured every single year in the UK as a result of drivers being over the legal alcohol limits. Of those 1500 people, just over 300 individuals lose their lives. Just one person becoming injured or losing their life as a result of drink driving is one person too many, so it’s no wonder why officials are really cracking down. Scotland in particular is really taking this on board as they have actually recently lowered the drink-drive alcohol limit. 

What is the new legal drink-drive alcohol limit in Scotland? – Back on the 5th December, 2014, Scotland reduced the legal drink-drive alcohol limit for drivers from 80 milligrams of alcohol for every 100 millilitres of blood, to just 50 milligrams of alcohol for every 100 millilitres of blood. The breath equivalent was lowered to just 22 micrograms of alcohol for every 100 millilitres of breath, whereas before it was 35.

What does this mean for road users? – Basically it means that more road users are now caught being over the limit, even if they haven’t actually consumed very much alcohol at all. The main problem is that as the new law came into effect so quickly, many drivers found it difficult to estimate exactly how much alcohol they were now allowed before being classes as over the limit. Beforehand they may have known that half a pint of beer would leave them still under the legal limit, and therefore safe to drive. The new law however, may mean that the one drink they were used to enjoying previously, could now be too strong and could just tip them over the edge. As the limit is so low, even though a person may feel perfectly fine and in control, as far as the law is concerned, they could be just over the limit. People also respond to alcohol differently, not to mention blood alcohol levels can depend on whether a person recently ate or not. As a result, more individuals are receiving fines and cautions. If you’re worried about what this could mean for you, a home breathalyser kit could prove highly beneficial indeed.

Why are home breathalysers so beneficial? – Obviously the main benefit is the fact that they could potentially save lives, and money as well by preventing bumps etc, but on top of that, they also provide peace of mind as they take away the guesswork and provide a definitive answer. If you’ve been debating whether or not to enjoy a glass of wine with your dinner and decided to risk it, before you drive home you can test yourself to determine whether or not you are actually safe to drive or not. If you’re over the legal limit and get stopped, you could be fined and possibly face further repercussions to. By testing yourself just before you drive, you know whether you’re safe or not. If you are over, you can either grab a coffee and wait an hour or so and test yourself again, or simply arrange for alternative transport without having to worry about getting fined or possibly losing your licence.

 

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