Resounding call for lower drink drive limit

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Author: | Updated: 10 Oct 2016 11:15

Brake, the road safety charity, has added its voice to a growing number of groups calling for a reduction to the UK’s drink driving limit.

Other groups include the RAC, AA, Institute of Advanced Motorists, and the Police Federation.

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This is on top of resounding public opinion, with 77% of people surveyed by the British Social Attitude Survey also supporting the lowering of the drink drive limit.

Every year drink driving causes 240 deaths and more than 8,000 casualties in the UK. This costs £800 million a year. 60% of those who are killed or injured are people other than the driver, such as passengers, pedestrians and cyclists.

In England and Wales the drink-drive limit is set at 80mg alcohol/100ml blood and has been since 1965. This remains one of the highest limits in the world.

It is estimated that lowering the drink drive limit to 50mg alcohol/100ml blood would reduce drink driving deaths by at least 10%, with Scotland showing a 12.5% decrease in offences in the first nine months of introducing the lower limit in December 2014.

The Government state that drink driving ‘remains a priority’, but there has been no reduction in the number of drink driving deaths since 2010.

Commenting on the statement, Gary Rae, Brake’s director of communications and campaigns, said: “Drink driving remains one of the biggest causes of devastating road crashes […] We must continue to send a clear message to all drivers that drinking and driving is a lethal cocktail […] This call to action today is a useful stepping stone to a time when there is a zero alcohol limit.”

The call also comes off the back of statistics which showed that the number of drivers being stopped by police for drink-driving has gone down yet the number of drivers tested and found to be over the legal limit has increased.

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