Malta to slash the legal drink-driving limit

New laws are being drawn up to reduce the legal drink-drive limit in Malta following the success of 89.7 Bay’s nationwide ‘Don’t Risk‘ public awareness campaign.

The change will slash the legal alcohol limit from 80mg to 50mg in every 100ml of blood.

Campaigners believe the new limit will cut the number of deaths and serious injuries on Malta roads.

Currently the limit in Malta is the same as England at 80mg.

The reduction will make Malta’s drink-drive laws the same as those in Scotland.

Police and road safety campaigners have said an average of 15 people die on Malta’s roads each year as a result of collisions involving people who were driving while over the legal alcohol limit.

The amount a motorist can drink before being over the limit depends on factors including their gender, age, weight, metabolism, stress levels and whether they have eaten recently, as well as the size and strength of the drink.

Experts have said the new 50mg limit means that an average man would be limited to just under a pint of beer or a large glass of wine, and women to half a pint of beer or a small glass of wine.

The new measure, led by the Ministry for the Family and Social Solidarity, follows the success of 89.7 Bay’s national drink-drive campaign ‘Don’t Risk‘.