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A leading traffic lawyer says that women drink drivers are easier to detect whilst driving than men because they have a “weaker constitution when it comes to consuming alcohol”.

The comment from Nick Freeman, aka Mr Loophole, comes on the back of figures which show the number of fatalities caused by drink driving had increased from 230 in 2011 to 290 in 2012 – a rise of 26 per cent.

Mr Freeman said drivers were now more likely to risk getting behind the wheel of a car after a drink because the presence of traffic officers has been diminished with the greater emphasis being placed on speed cameras.

He also insisted the time had now come for the Government to act and reduce the legal alcohol limit to be in line with the rest of Europe.

Mr Freeman said:

The UK has the highest permissible drink drive limit in the whole of Europe, and it is now time for the Government to look again at this and act accordingly.

I believe the shocking statistics would be reduced if the drink drive limit was brought in line with the rest of Europe.

How can a government, which professes to be concerned about road safety, endorse such a high limit – one where the chances of an accident increase four-fold at that level?

A reduction in police patrols is encouraging motorists, who think they may be over the limit to take a risk. Some feel it’s a gamble worth taking.

Policing by robotic cameras may catch speeding motorists, but not those who are driving whilst under the influence.

Mr Freeman added a recent survey had shown that the majority of drink drivers were men, which he found surprising.

Ever since I have run my own law firm we have always represented an equally balanced number of men and women charged with a drink driving offence.

There are fewer women drivers on the road and the survey show a smaller percentage of women are prepared to take the risk, but clearly they are easier to detect because of their stature, metabolism and constitution their alcohol level would be higher than their male counterparts.

The concern might be that women generally are not aware of how little alcohol they have to have drunk to be over the limit.