Public In Favour Of Tougher Drink-Drive Laws

According to a recent survey carried out by the road safety charity Brake and car insurer Direct Line, the public are in favour of tougher drink-drive limits.

With the current limit of 80mg of alcohol per 100ml, Britain and Malta are the only remaining EU countries with a drink-drive limit higher than the EU-recommendation of 50mg alcohol per 100ml blood.

According to the survey, drivers are in favour of a lower drink-drive limit, with seven out of 10 saying that the current limit of 80mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood should be lowered. More than half (55%) of the 800 drivers surveyed were in  favour of a new drink-drive limit of 20mg alcohol per 100ml of blood or lower, while a further 16% favoured the maximum limit recommended by the European Commission of 50mg.

According to research by Brake, someone driving with the current maximum permitted level of alcohol in their system is five times more likely to crash than if they were driving without any alcohol.

An official review of UK drink-driving laws is widely expected to recommend cutting the legal limit to 50mg which it is predicted would prevent 65 deaths and 230 serious injuries a year. However, shadow transport secretary, Theresa Villiers, said this week that a Conservative government would not reduce the limit but would instead focus on improving enforcement of the current rules.

Published by The Car Shop, one of the UK’s leading car supermarket groups. The first choice for used cars across the UK with used car supermarkets in Swindon, Doncaster, Northampton and Cardiff.

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