MSP urges motorists to stay safe in 2015

Christian Allard MSP(left) with Neil Warden of the Institute of Advanced Motorists before a driving session.
Christian Allard MSP(left) with Neil Warden of the Institute of Advanced Motorists before a driving session.

North East MSP Christian Allard is calling on motorists to stay safe as we head into a new year.

The SNP MSP is also reminding drivers that the lower the legal drink driving limit of 50mg per 100ml of blood – in line with the rest of Europe – is already law.

Mr Allard recently took part in a driving session with Neil Warden from the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM). IAM encourages drivers to think more about their actions.

Hazardous winter driving conditions can arrive with little warning so it is better that drivers always take a careful approach.

Mr Allard urged other motorists to take the opportunity to learn about advanced driving and make sure they stay safe on the roads this winter.

Commenting, he said: “It was fantastic to learn from Neil Warden.

“He has extensive knowledge and it is clear that some of the techniques he spoke about will enable drivers to avoid accidents.

“With wintery conditions starting to affect the North East it is important that drivers take the opportunity to learn from the experts and become safer drivers.

“It is easy to pick up bad habits when you have been driving for years.

“Learning to drive the car instead of letting the car drive you can save lives.”

The SNP MSP reminded motorists of the new lower legal drink driving limit which is now in place.

Mr Allard, who is a member of the Justice Committee that was responsible for scrutinising the legislation, said:

“I want to remind motorists that the new lower drink driving limit of 50mg per 100ml of blood is already law.

“Don’t drink and drive, it is not worth the risk. Plan ahead; take a bus, get a taxi or just don’t drink,” he added.