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Motorists Want Stricter Drink Driving Laws

Posted in General News on Monday, October 16th, 2017

According to a study conducted by the RAC Foundation, 60% of the 1,727 motorists involved want to see stricter drink driving laws in the UK. The majority of motorists are in favour of lowering the drink drive limit in England and Wales from 80mg per 100ml of blood to 50mg per 100ml, or perhaps lower still. Reducing the permitted drink drive limit to 50mg per 100ml of blood would make the UK’s drink driving law the same as Scotland’s. The drink drive limit in England and Wales has remained unchanged since the law was first introduced along with roadside breathalysing 50 years ago.

The reason that a change in the law is so widely supported is that meeting a drunk driver on the road is the biggest worry amongst the motoring public according the RAC’s survey. In 2016 a total of 143 people were killed in the UK as a result of an incident involving a drink driver. The RAC’s Roads Policy Spokesman, Pete Williams, believes that the effect of a lower drink drive limit in Scotland will be clearer when Scotland’s final road casualty data for 2016 is published later this month. If the number of drink-related accidents is reduced then he is of the opinion that the law should be changed.

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Colin Radley

Monday, October, 16th, 2017

I think that there should be a strict zero rate of alcohol whilst in control of a motor vehicle. Also there should be a compolsury disqualification of a minimum of 12 months if caught drink driving.

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Jeanie King

Wednesday, October, 18th, 2017

We should have a 0 tolerance to drink driving. Alcohol affects people differently and if you are told that you are allowed 1 unit for instance that 1 unit could affect their ability to drive safely making reaction time slower etc. If we know that 0 alcohol is allowed in blood test then nobody can plead ignorance. If going out to have a drink then either don't take the car or have a nominated driver who will completely abstain. Also more education is needed for those who drink at night and then drive in the morning still with alcohol in their blood often still over the limit.

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John Wellman

Monday, October, 16th, 2017

I think it should go down to 25% if a number of people are going out to drink they should nominate a driver who agrees not to drink or better still a none drinker. If it is man and wife or two good friends going for a meal then arrange a taxi

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Ray Spalding

Tuesday, October, 17th, 2017

Simples if the driver needs a drink before setting out then he/she is too nervous to be able to drive safely. Whilst ANY casualty may be caused by effect of any substance in any driver that substance should be banned in terms of pre driving consumption then 0 is the only safe level although I do appreciate that the generally appalling standards to be seen on U,K,roads are enough to drive anyone to drink