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.


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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.

Do you agree the drink-drive limit should be lowered or should we adopt a zero tolerance approach? Email motoring@archant.co.uk

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