Drink-drive law change recommended by report

December 18, 2015 | By | In News

A report has revealed that cutting the drink-drive limit in England and Wales to the same level as seen in Scotland could save 25 lives a year and prevent 95 people from being injured.

The reduction would see the legal limit being dropped from 80mg to 50mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood.

The report came from the Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety.

Scotland changed its limit to 50mg last year, a move that was prompted by countries such as France and Germany also taking the same measure.

However, the 80mg limit for England and Wales that came into play in 1967 has yet to change.

Steve Gooding, RAC Foundation director said: “It would be a poor argument to suggest we should cut the drink-drive limit just because everyone else has done it. But this report makes the case on robust data and sound analysis.

“Policy in this area hasn’t moved for half a century but in the face of this evidence it increasingly falls on opponents of a limit reduction to defend the status quo, rather than asking those who support a cut to keep making their case.”

2010 was the last time that an independent enquiry into the limit was made. Published by Sir Peter North, it too recommended that the limit be dropped to 50mg.

From 2010 to 2013, around 240 people a year were killed in an accident that involved a driver over the drink-drive limit. An average of 1,200 people were also seriously injured.

Jack Evans


After completing his university studies in English and Creative Writing in Cardiff, Jack is now a full time motoring writer at Blackball Media. His love of cars stems from his childhood years when he began to live and breathe all-things automotive.

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