Philip Seccombe, the Police & Crimes Commissioner for Warwickshire has now added his voice to a call for the drink driving limit in England and Wales to be lowered.
The campaign for lowering the limit has been forged by the Institute of Alcohol Studies (IAS). Part of their thrust is that a lower limit could reduce road traffic fatalities by 10%.
The current drink driving limit for England and Wales was set in 1965 and has not been changed since. As at the time of writing, the limit is 80mg of alcohol in 100ml of breath.
It has been previously noted that except for Malts, England and Wales has the highest drink driving limit in Europe.
In December 2014, Scotland reduced its drink driving limit to 50mg of blood in 100ml of blood and showed a 12.5% reduction in drink driving associated offences within the first 9 months.
Interestingly, Malta has recently announced plans to reduce its drink driving limit.
It is of interest to note that a recent report published by the British Social Attitude Survey, showed that 77% of those interviewed agreed that the drink driving limit in England and Wales should be lowered.
Official figures have shown that despite numerous campaigns, the amount of drink driving deaths has not reduced since 2010.
The figures have also stated that each year 240 people in the UK are killed and 8,000 injured in drink driving related accidents.
Philip Seccombe said: “Evidence from elsewhere in the UK and from across Europe demonstrates that lowering the drink drive limits would lead to significant improvements in road safety and has the potential to save lives. It would also help to reinforce the overall message that drinking and driving is unacceptable and will not be tolerated.
“While it is still the case that the best advice is to never drink before getting behind the wheel, the drink-drive limit at present is among the highest in Europe and I think it is time that a law that was set in the 1960s – when public attitudes were very different – should be reviewed by the Government and brought in line with other countries and the rest of the UK.”
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