Call to lower UK drink-drive limit

Most people surveyed believed the legal drink-drive limit should be lowered.

Most people surveyed believed the legal drink-drive limit should be lowered. - Credit: PA

A poll has found that many members of the public wish for the UK drink-drive limit to be lowered.

Brake, the road safety charity, has joined others in calling for the drink-drive limit to be reduced.

Around three quarters of the 2,000 people questioned were in support of a lowering of the limit to 50mg alcohol per 100ml of blood. The limit in England and Wales is currently 80mg alcohol per 100ml of blood – which was set in 1965.

Each year, 240 deaths and more than 8,000 casualties are recorded as a result of drink-driving in the UK. However, 60% of these people aren't the driver – passengers, cyclists and pedestrians are most affected by the incidents.

The UK's drink-drive limit is higher than any country in the rest of Europe, with countries such as Australia, New Zealand and South Africa also enforcing lower alcohol limits.

Gary Rae, Brake's director of communications and campaigns, 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.'

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Scotland has already lowered its drink-drive limit to 50mpg, and has seen a 12.5% decrease in drink-related offences in the first nine months of its application.

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