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Call for drink-drive action as death toll rises

AN industry group is calling for the drink-drive limit to be lowered after Government statistics have shown the number of people killed in drink-related accidents has risen.

Figures show that the estimated number of deaths in accidents involving drink-drivers was 2% higher last year than in 2003 – up from 580 to 590 – its highest level since 1992. The Road Casualties Great Britain 2004 Annual Report, published by the Department for Transport, shows the number of people killed and injured on roads in Britain in 2004.

The report found that 17-24 year olds were most at risk of being involved in an accident due to drink-driving last year and the month of November recorded the highest number of accidents involving a drink-driver.

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) wants the Government to reduce the drink-drive blood alcohol limit from 80mg to 50mg.Kevin Clinton, head of road safety at RoSPA, said: ‘We cannot understand why the Government continues to oppose a reduction in the drink-drive limit when the evidence shows it would save lives.’

The RAC Foundation believes an increase in the number of traffic police would ease the situation.

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