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Calls For Drink-Drive Limit To Be Reassessed

Mon, 17/09/2012
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It is a question that surfaces again and again: "what is or what is not the safe alcohol limit for driving a motor vehicle".  Calls have been made for officials to revaluate the drink-driving limit on roads in the UK; people are also keen for the police the power to conduct random breath tests.

After more than 30 years of education about the dangers of drinking and driving, around 100,000 people are still caught every year driving under the influence. They face a ban of at least 12 months, a large fine and possibly even imprisonment. Since it was first used on October 9th 1967, breathalyser technology has been partly responsible for a reduced number of road deaths due to alcohol use, it added.

Recent research has shown that even at and less than the current legal blood alcohol levels, most people’s abilities are impaired and their accident risk increases. RoSPA has commented in the past that the rules need to be reviewed if more lives are to be saved in the future.

Alcohol makes drivers over-confident and more likely to take risks. It slows their reactions, increases stopping distances, impairs judgement of speed and distance and affects vision. This is why the only really safe amount of alcohol to drink before getting behind the wheel is zero.

An International review of the impact of lowering limits found that in most (but not all) cases, the level of drinking and driving, and of drink drive casualties was reduced. The RoSPA head of road safety, said reducing the limit would "save around 65 lives and 230 serious injuries" in the UK each year.

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