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GEM issues drink drive warning to holiday drivers

Wednesday 2nd July 2014

GEM Motoring Assist has issued a warning to drivers to be mindful of the lower drink-drive limits in force across Europe as the summer holiday period approaches.

David Williams MBE, GEM chief executive, said: “The best way to stay safe and legal is by never drinking and driving, so we recommend you keep your personal drink-drive limit to zero, wherever you may be on holiday.”

Drink-drive limits across Europe, with the exception of Malta, are all lower than the UK. Many countries have a standard limit of 0.05, although in Norway, Sweden, Latvia, Poland and Estonia the limit is just 0.02. In the Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania and Slovakia there is a zero limit.

David Williams comments: “Although you can legally drive in the UK at the alcohol limit of 0.08, doing the same thing in Hungary or Norway could put you in prison. Moreover, figures show that a driver with an 0.08 alcohol level will be 2.7 times more likely to crash than a sober driver.

“There is no reliable way to calculate how much alcohol you can drink and stay below the limit. So eliminate the guesswork and reduce your risk by always steering clear of alcohol before driving.”

GEM has published on its website drink drive information for all countries across Europe.



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