A number of new initiatives and possible campaigns have been discussed in Northern Ireland, that the assembly hopes would help to reduce the number of drink drivers on the road, and one such potential change that has been mooted and has the support of drivers that were questioned, is the seizure of the vehicles belonging to those that are found guilty at the side of the road.
Drink driving is a major problem through the country, as well as in the rest of the UK, and Scotland has just announced that it will be reducing the drink driving limit on their roads to 50mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood. This is lower than the limit in England Wales, where it will remain at 80mg per 100ml of blood, but is the same as in Northern Ireland and in many European countries.
Despite having what some might consider to be low alcohol limits for drivers, the country still endures a high rate of drink-driving, and there are a number of deaths and major accidents that are attributed to this problem every single year. The police could, if politicians listen to public opinion anyway, be given the power to seize the cars or vehicles of anybody that is found to be over the limit.
Currently, the police only have the power to seize vehicles in very few cases. In fact, when it comes to driving offences, the seizure of a vehicle is only really used when a person is found to be driving without insurance or found to be driving a vehicle that has not been properly taxed. Even in these cases, the seizure of the vehicle is generally considered to be a last resort, but according to the recent study, many drivers believe that this type of action is better suited to those that put others at risk by getting behind the wheel when they have had too much to drink.
Drink driving laws and limits are regularly in the news, especially as Scotland is set to reduce its limits, and victims continue to suffer at the hands of people that drink before heading out onto the roads. Giving the police more powers may help prevent people from offending, or at least prevent them from repeat offending immediately.