Sarah Barth March 4 2017
Drivers should not be able to drink a whole pint of beer or glass of wine before getting behind the wheel of a car, council leaders have said.
As drink driving rates remain high, and collisions deadly, the Local Government Association said that the limit of 80mg per 100ml of blood should be reduced to 50mg, in line with Scotland.
It believes that the measure will counter the popularly held view that drinking a glass or two of an alcoholic drink before driving is acceptable.
The drink driving alcohol limit in England and Wales is now the highest in Europe, and since 2010 around 240 people a year have been killed by drunk drivers.
The numbers have not come down, despite campaigns for education and awareness.
Experts believe the number of deaths could be reduced by 170 in the first year alone.
The number of accidents in Scotland fell by a fifth in the first year that the new limit was imposed.
Simon Blackburn, chairman of the LGA’s communities board, told the Times(link is external): “The government should be toughening up drink-drive laws in line with other European countries which will make roads safer and save lives.” Ministers have repeatedly refused to lower the limit, insisting that a change would penalise sensible motorists.
Last year we reported how the family of a hit and run victim killed following a collision with a drink driver launched a petition calling for a review of sentences for driving offences.