Survey shows support for tougher drink drive limit
In a recent survey by the IAM, 68% of more than 2,600 respondents said they would like to see the new lower Scottish drink-drive limit introduced across England and Wales.
The Scottish government has announced that it will lower the legal drink-drive limit to 50mg of alcohol in 100ml of blood. The new limit will come into effect on 5 December 2014.
More than 83% of those surveyed confirmed that they drink alcohol, and more than 47% agreed that lowering the limit from 80mg to 50mg of alcohol in 100ml of blood would reduce the number of road collisions.
53% of respondents also said they would like to see more thorough police checks to target drink-drivers, but only 5% supported an increase in alcohol prices to tackle the problem.
Neil Greig, IAM director of policy and research, said: “England and Wales are now totally out of step with drink-drive limits across the rest of Europe. Existing research has shown that between 63 and 116 lives can be saved every year by a lower limit. Different limits are also a recipe for confusion and the IAM urges the Westminster government to review its approach as a matter of urgency.”
20mph limits Academy news Autonomous vehicles Children Cyclists Drink driving Driver distraction Driver tiredness Driver training Driving at work Driving conditions Drug driving Engineering Enforcement Events Fit to drive General news In-car safety Mobile phones Motorcyclists News in brief Older drivers Pedestrians Public Health Research & evaluation RSGB news SCPs Speed Statistics & data Teenagers Vehicles & Technology Young drivers