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IAM calls for intelligence-led policing to catch drink-drivers

There should be greater use of intelligence-led policing to catch drink-drivers who repeatedly and excessively flout the law, according to road safety charity the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM).

The call from the IAM comes as new figures published today by the Department for Transport show the number of fatal accidents involving drink-drivers last year falling by 5%, from 220 in 2011 to 210 in 2012.

In the same period, the number of people killed in drink-drive accidents decreased by 4%, from 240 to 230.

The fall follows a year where the number of fatal accidents and killed casualties remained static over 2010.

Neil Greig, director of policy and research at IAM,said: “No doubt the lack of progress in reducing drink-drive related deaths will once again spark debate on lowering the limit. 

“A new limit will reinforce the message that drink-driving is anti-social but it is not clear how it will impact on those who ignore the current limit and who are responsible for the most serious crashes. 

"Intelligence-led policing targeting the criminal minority does seem to be delivering and must be enhanced in the future.

“Reducing the limit further may give people a reassurance, but for some that won’t stop them.

" Knowing there is a greater chance of getting caught, that the police are specifically targeting the persistent few and there is no hiding place for them, is the real answer to taking the long-term risk takers off the roads for good.”

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  • Bianca Castafiore - 08/08/2014 11:40

    I would have thought the easiest thing to do, although probably not allowed, would be to note cars on a pub car park (ie similar to what a parking attendant would do in a town car park), and then repeat the exercise a couple of hours later to see which cars are still there. Then wait.........

  • Oloma Omatsola - 08/08/2014 13:41

    Good development if the limit is increased..most drivers who drink and driver do not seem to appreciate the risk involved in their actions.I support a call for it eventhough in my country its not yet a law but just a mere violation.

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