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Britons back lowering drink-drive limit, survey shows

Thursday 15 December 2016, By Autovolo

Britons back lowering drink-drive limit, survey shows

Britons back lowering drink-drive limit, survey shows

More than 50 per cent of Britons would lower the drink-drive limit to zero, according to new research.

A survey of 1,000 participants revealed that 54 per cent of people thought the drink-driving limit should be lowered to a zero-tolerance level, while more than three quarters thought the current limit was too high.

The study also found that 80 per cent of motorists believed their driving was affected when they were close to the current drink-drive limit. More than 40 per cent thought their driving ability was impaired after consuming a single unit of alcohol.

Gary Rae, director of communications and campaigns for Brake, said: “Drink-driving, despite being more socially unacceptable, is still a major issue on our roads, especially as our current, legal drink-drive limit in England and Wales is the highest in Europe. This sends a confusing message and asks drivers to guess if they are under the limit.

“Equally confusing is the stance of secretary of state for transport Chris Grayling, who said that the drink-drive limit wouldn’t be cut to penalise motorists for ‘having a glass of wine at the pub’. Cutting the drink-drive limit would be putting the road users’ safety first and the reality is that a small amount of alcohol can impair your driving, as the evidence shows.”

The UK has the highest drink-drive limit in Europe, which sits at 80mg/100ml blood. This excludes Scotland, which lowered its blood alcohol limit to 20mg/100ml.