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Ban the ben

Dear Spurtle 

The Scottish Parliament is to be congratulated on passing anti-alcohol legislation to reduce the blood/alcohol limit for motorists, thereby significantly reducing deaths and injuries on our roads. This has been done in the face of considerable opposition from the alcohol trade. 

It is now time to address the annual carnage of hillwalkers and mountaineers in the hills of Scotland. Whilst a blanket ban on such activities might inconvenience a few people and businesses, gallivanting around the more elevated portions of our countryside is no more necessary than drinking and driving and its abolition would save many lives. 

John Eoin Douglas

(Spey Terrace)