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High demand for a reduction in the drink-drive limit

Wed, 21/12/2016
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High demand for a reduction in the drink-drive limit

Drink driving is dangerous, careless and unfortunately is still a problem. Encouragingly, research has shown that more than half of people would reduce the drink driving limited to zero-tolerance.

Yahoo! News, reports:

The survey of 1,000 people found discovered that more than three quarters thought that the current drink drive limit was too high, while 54 per cent thought that it should be dropped to an effective zero-tolerance limit.

The data also showed that eight in ten drivers thought that their driving was affected at around the current drink drive limit, and more than 40 per cent of drivers believed that their ability behind the wheel is affected by just one unit of alcohol.

Gary Rae, director of communications and campaigns for Brake, said: “Drink-driving, despite being more socially unacceptable, is still a major issue on our roads, especially as our current, legal drink-drive limit in England and Wales is the highest in Europe. This sends a confusing message and asks drivers to guess if they are under the limit.

“Equally confusing is the stance of secretary of state for transport Chris Grayling, who said that the drink-drive limit wouldn’t be cut to penalise motorists for ‘having a glass of wine at the pub’. Cutting the drink-drive limit would be putting the road users’ safety first and the reality is that a small amount of alcohol can impair your driving, as the evidence shows.”

The United Kingdom currently has the highest drink-drive limit in Europe with 80mg/100ml blood, although Scotland reduced their limit to 20mg/100ml.

With roads getting busier, the effects of drink driving are arguably worse than they have been in the past. Festivities may increase the chance of people taking the risk, but a zero-tolerance policy is very difficult to argue with.

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