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A new poll has stated that 77% of those people interviewed believe that the drink-driving limit should be lowered.

At present, England and Wales have one of the highest drink-driving rates in Europe at 35mg of alcohol for every 100ml of breath.

Scotland reduced their drink driving rates some time ago now to 22mg of alcohol per 100ml of breath.

However, an article published in the news section of the BT website has noted that the amount of alcohol that can be consumed by an individual before they are over the limit can vary from person to person. Factors that are taken into account are a person’s weight, metabolism, age, sex and the type of alcoholic drink which has been drunk.

Although over 77% of those polled stated that they supported a reduction in the drink-driving limit, 11% stated that they did not.

Chairman of the Alcohol Health Alliance, Professor Sir Ian Gilmore stated: “It is welcome too that over 77% of the public support lowering the drink-drive limit. England and Wales have one of the most lenient drink-drive limits in Europe, set at 80mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood. The progress made in drink driving in recent decades has stalled and we have seen no reduction in drink-driving deaths since 2010.

“As drink-driving costs lives, affects road safety and places significant pressure on the emergency services, it is no surprise the public are keen to see a lowering of the drink-drive limit. This is a measure that has the full support of road safety charities, emergency services and motoring associations.

“We urge the Government to listen to the public and adopt these evidence-based measures that will save lives and make our communities safer.”

John Larson, a director at the alcohol education charity Drinkaware said: “Even small amounts of alcohol can affect your ability to drive.

“It takes roughly an hour for your body to process one unit of alcohol, and once in your system it can affect many of the functions that we depend on to drive safely.

“It takes longer for messages to travel from the eye to the brain. and instructions to the body’s muscles are delayed resulting in slower reaction times.

“The safest advice is to avoid alcohol altogether if you are driving.”

About Freeman & Co.

Freeman & Co. are a specialist firm of road traffic and criminal defence solicitors based in Manchester but with nationwide coverage.

Freeman & Co. specialise in a wide variety of road traffic cases, ranging from drink driving, speeding and mobile phone offences, to name but a few.

The firm was created by Nick Freeman, who has been dubbed “Mr Loophole” by the press for his technical legal ability and robustly challenging the prosecution.

Nick is well regarded as an expert road traffic lawyer and has successfully represented many high profile clients for a variety of motoring offences as well as criminal offences.

The firm of Freeman & Co. embodies the way Nick works, with minute attention to detail and challenging the prosecution at every turn.

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