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Survey backs call for lower drink-drive limit

A MAJOR survey of more than 3,500 people has found that more than 70% want to see lower drink-drive limits.

Road safety charity Brake and insurance firm Direct Line carried out the survey that found seven out of 10 motorists want to see stricter limits on the amount of alcohol drivers can have in their bloodstream.

Research suggests that one in eight fatal crashes are caused by drivers over the drink-drive limit and that the number of casualties caused by drinking and driving has risen in recent years, with figures for 2001 the highest since 1990. The UK's current drink-drive limit is 80mg of alcohol in 100ml of blood.

Brake is recommending that the Government:

  • Sets a lower drink-drive limit of, at most, the 50mg level recommended by the EU;
  • Enforces this limit much more strictly, by increasing numbers of traffic police officers and increasing their powers to spot and stop drunk drivers before they cause a crash;
  • Invests in publicity campaigns on a year-round basis. Brake chief executive Mary Williams said: 'The vast majority of drivers support the campaign to end deaths and injuries caused by drinking and driving. 'However, while people continue to die because of drunk drivers, the Government should do more. 'Reducing the limit would save lives and help raise awareness of just what a phenomenal risk people are taking.' Steve Treloar, motor business manager for Direct Line, said: 'This survey clearly demonstrate public awareness of the risks of drinking and driving.'
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