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Drink driving debate 2

MSPs voted in favour of the the Scottish government motion from the drink driving debate after the second part of the debate in the chamber.

100 MSPs backed the motion, with 12 voting against it during decision time on 1 November 2012

Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill had called on MSPs to help "tackle the scourge of drink driving head on" by supporting his proposal to reduce the drink drive limit, during the first part of the debate.

The Scottish government is planning to lower the limit from 80mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood down to 50mg and its consultation on the issue is nearing a conclusion.

Last week the Reported Road Casualties Scotland 2011 report was published.

Some key findings were:

• 750 casualties were estimated to be due to drink-drive accidents in Scotland in 2010.

• Around 20 deaths were estimated to be due to drink-drive accidents in Scotland in 2010

• This is a fall on 2009 but the average for the last five years remains at 30 deaths.

Mr MacAskill closed the debate saying there had been consensus that the government were heading in the right direction and said that he believed that the consultation will reveal that 50 is the way to go, drive forward this and make Scotland safer.

The first part of the debate may be viewed below:

Drink driving debate 1


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