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'Zero-tolerance' drink-drive limit is needed, claims charity

Thursday 29 December 2016, By Autovolo

'Zero-tolerance' drink-drive limit is needed, claims charity

'Zero-tolerance' drink-drive limit is needed, claims charity

The British government should implement a “zero-tolerance” drink-drive limit, says one of the country’s leading road safety charities.

Brake, a charity that says it “promotes safe and sustainable road use”, claimed that the limit should be cut to 20mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood.

The calls come after the charity’s own research discovered that more than 75 per cent of UK drivers think the current limit is too high.

The limit in England is currently 80mg per 100ml of blood, putting it among the highest in Europe, but Scotland last year cut its limit to 50mg per 100ml to step into line with most other European nations.

However, Brake still thinks that limit is too lenient, claiming that drivers with between 20 and 50mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood will be three times more likely to be involved in an accident.

According to the charity, road deaths involving alcohol made up 13 per cent of road fatalities in 2014, and Brake says that lowering the drink-drive limit in 2010 could have saved as many as 25 lives.

“As a charity that supports bereaved and injured road crash victims, we witness the suffering that drink and drug driving inflict, and appeal to everyone to help put a stop to it,” said Brake’s campaigns director Gary Rae.

“We are calling on the Westminster government to take action on drink driving. We have the highest drink-drive limit in Europe, sending out the dreadful message that a drink or two before driving is acceptable. The evidence shows that a tough approach helps prevent casualties.”