Two thirds of people think drink-drive limits should be reduced

A survey has found that two-thirds of motorists think the current drink-drive limit should be reduced.

It comes at a time of year when police forces ramp up their efforts to get boozy drivers off the road over the Christmas period.

The survey was carried out by personal breathalyser provider AlcoSense, which asked 2,000 people for their thoughts on drink-driving.

The survey also found that 63 per cent of drivers don’t agree with the government’s current plan to tackle drink drivers, with the government’s current stance being a preferred method of enforcing the current limits, rather than lowering the limit.

Forty-three per cent of respondents said that the way of dealing with drink drivers should be to step up both the enforcement and to lower the limits itself.

At the end of 2014, Scotland introduced a new drink drive limit – reducing it from 80mg in every 100ml of blood, to 50mg. Of the Scottish participants, 85 per cent thought that England and Wales should lower the drink-drive limit in-line with them.

However, some of the more worrying statistics in the survey found that drivers would still consider driving after drinking. A quarter said they would drive knowing they had alcohol in their systems, just as long as they were under the limit, while five per cent said they would drive even if they knew they were at the limit or just over.

The drink-drive limit in England, Wales and Northern Ireland is 80mg of alcohol in 100ml of breath. Just two pints of normal strength lager or two small glasses of wine could be enough to tip you over the limit.

Hunter Abbott, managing director of AlcoSense, said: “It’s clear from our survey of regular drivers that drink alcohol at least once a week that they want to see the limit reduced.

“Even one alcoholic drink can slow your reaction time, inhibit judgement, reduce concentration and affect motor skills such as eye, foot and hand co-ordination – increasing the likelihood of an accident.”

Ted Welford


December 15, 2017

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