A road safety charity is calling for MPs to reduce the UK’s high drink driving limit.
British Social Attitude Survey
There is also strong public support for lowering the limit, with the British Social Attitude Survey recently finding that three quarters of the public (77%) support lowering the drink driving limit.
The Government states that drink driving ‘remains a priority’, but there has been no reduction in the number of drink driving deaths since 2010.
England and Wales have one of the highest drink drive limits in the world. Set at 80mg alcohol per 100ml blood, it is greater than the rest of Europe (with the exception only of Malta), as well as Commonwealth countries such as Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.
Lowering our drink drive limit to 50mg alcohol/100ml blood would reduce drink driving deaths by at least 10%. The Government of Malta recently announced plans to lower the drink drive limit to 50mg this month in a new National Alcohol Policy to reduce harm. Scotland lowered its limit to 50mg in December 2014, and police figures showed a 12.5% decrease in drink-drive offences in the first nine months. Northern Ireland is set to lower its drink driving limit before the end of 2016.
A two-minute animation has been produced by the Institute of Alcohol Studies to support this campaign, outlining the key arguments: http://www.ias.org.uk/lowerlimit.
Young and Inexperienced
Gary Rae, of Brake – the road safety charity behind the call – said: “Drink driving remains one of the biggest causes of devastating road crashes; often young and inexperienced drivers and passengers are involved and frequently they are the tragic victims. We must continue to send a clear message to all drivers that drinking and driving is a lethal cocktail. It’s shocking to see how many crashes, many involving deaths and serious injuries, have involved men in their 20s. This call to action is a useful stepping stone to a time when there is a zero alcohol limit.”