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Call to cut drink limit for drivers.

SCOTTISH doctors yesterday called for a cut in the drink driving limits to slash the death toll on the roads.

The British Medical Association in Scotland urged politicians to cut the limit from 80mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood to just 50mg.

The BMA claim that bringing the limit into line with Europe could prevent up to 65 deaths on UK roads and almost 1000 casualties.

Doctors want the Scottish government to step up pressure on Westminster to reduce the limits.

Dr Sally Winning, a member of the BMA's Scottish council, said 30 people were killed in drink-driving incidents in 2005.

She added: "Drink-driving continues to be a hazard on Scotland's roads. Our message is clear. Lives could be saved simply by reducing the drink-driving limit."

Justice minister Kenny MacAskill said drink-driving had remained a constant thorn in efforts to make roads safer.

He added: "The new Scottish government take this issue very seriously.

"We will also discuss how best to secure a change in the law, but lowering the limit is reserved to Westminster."

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