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to Drink Drive Legislation
With effect from 5 December 2014, reductions in the drink drive
limits come into force in Scotland.
Currently the breath limit is 35 microgrammes of alcohol in 100
millilitres of breath and this will reduce to a limit of 22 microgrammes
of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. (Limits for alcohol in
blood and urine will also decrease).
Despite the change in legislation, our position on consumption of
alcohol before driving remains the same, there are ‘no safe
limit’ to drink driving. DON’T RISK IT!
Prepare for the winter by keeping your vehicle well maintained before
you take to the road. Reduced daylight hours and the possibility
of inclement weather place additional demands on all road users.
Tips and advice on staying safe this winter:
• Take special care that brakes, tyres, lights, batteries,
windscreens and wiper blades are in good condition and well maintained.
In addition, washer bottles need to contain an additive to stop
the water from freezing.
• Plan ahead. Check the forecast, road conditions and consider
alternative routes. Allow extra time for your journey and check
your planned route is free from delays.
• When did you last check your tyres? Tyres should be checked
weekly to ensure they are legal and at the correct pressure. (Check
the vehicle handbook). The minimum legal tread depth for cars is
1.6mm across the centre ¾ of the breadth of the tread around
the entire circumference (1 mm for motorcycles). They should also
be checked for bulges, cuts or tears that will weaken the tyre.
Failure to maintain your tyres could lead to a maximum of £2,500
fine and 3 penalty points per tyre.
• Windscreens, wiper blades and windows must be kept clean
and free from defects. Make sure it is properly demisted and clear
of snow and ice before you drive. Low sun can make it difficult
to see and a dirty, greasy or damaged windscreen can make this worse.
• All lights, including reflectors, must be kept clean and
clear and be in good working order. This includes registration plate
lights. Cyclists must have white front and red rear lights lit at
night. Be seen and be safe.
Change the way you drive:
• Bad weather is often blamed for causing accidents, but the
real cause is inappropriate driving for the conditions that exist.
• In wet weather, stopping distances will be at least double
those required for stopping on dry roads. Aquaplaning can be a frightening
experience. This is where a wedge of water builds up between the
front tyres and the road surface. The safest solution is to remove
the pressure from the accelerator, allowing the vehicle to lose
speed and the tyres to regain their grip.
• Keep well back from the road user in front in icy or snowy
weather. Stopping distances can be ten times greater. When the roads
are icy, drive at slow speed in as high a gear as possible; accelerate
and brake very gently.
• High-sided vehicles are most affected by windy weather.
Motorcyclists and cyclists can easily be blown off course particularly
in open stretches of road exposed to strong crosswinds.
• When driving in fog, use dipped headlights so other drivers
can see you. Fog lights can only be used when visibility is seriously
reduced to less than 100 metres but they must be switched off if
visibility improves. Be prepared for a bank of fog or drifting patchy
fog ahead. Even if it seems to be clearing, you can suddenly find
yourself in thick fog.
• Avoid driving in icy or snowy conditions unless your journey
is essential. If you do you, we recommend you take an emergency
kit of: scraper, de-icer, torch, first aid kit, jump leads, shovel,
warm drink and emergency food in case you get stuck or break down.
Extra points to remember:
• Cyclists should have suitable lights on their bicycles and
wear reflective and fluorescent clothing and a cycle helmet.
• Parents of children who do paper rounds during the hours
of darkness at this time of year should ensure their children are
given this protection.
• Pedestrians should ensure they wear bright clothing, particularly
in rural areas where the street lighting is either non-existent
or very limited.
Police Scotland, local community
Telephone: 101 for non emergencies.
The community officer for Kinross-shire is Sadie Allan.
The Community Sergeant for Kinross, Auchterarder and Crieff is Sandra
Crime Stoppers – Telephone 0800 555
This telephone number is a free phone number (unless you are using
a mobile phone), which any member of the public can contact at any
time if you have information relating to a criminal activity of
any sort. It is, if you wish, confidential and you cannot be contacted
if you choose to remain anonymous.