Following the recent Government U Turn on reducing the drink driving limit for England and Wales, safety campaigners have been quick to slam the decision.
Facts reported state in 2014 Department for Transport figures showed alcohol accounted for some 5,650 accidents and 8,320 casualties on UK roads.
As has been reported a number of times, Scotland reduced their drink driving limit from 80mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood to 50mg at the end of 2014. This change very much fell into line with the rest of Europe. Following this reduction Scottish police has reported that there has been a 12.5% fall in drink driving offences, dropping from 4,208 to 3,682 when compared with the same time the previous year.
Alcohol safety expert at AlcoDigital, Suzannah Robin stated, “We are astonished and frustrated that the Department for Transport chooses to continue to isolate England and Wales from having safer roads and experiencing fewer drink drive related deaths.
“Given the unity across Europe, where every country has now reduced the drink drive limit to the same as Scotland’s, it has been proven over and over again that a lower drink drive limit significantly improves road safety and reduces drink drive related deaths yet the Department for Transport continues to ignore this.”
France has had the same drink drive limit as Scotland for a number of year and reports indicate that they have seen a dramatic decrease in drink driving related deaths. Furthermore, the French Government introduced a breathalyser law in 2013 and they saw a further 8% decrease in drink driving fatalities.
Suzannah Robin added to her comments by saying, “Although we support the Government’s focus on rigorous enforcement for drink drivers we cannot ignore the facts – there are still too many deaths from drink driving in England and Wales snd too many families are suffering the consequences of losing loved ones. By not reducing the drink driving limit the Department for Transport is effectively playing with people’s live.”