77% of British public support lower drink drive limit, report finds
The data has been published by the Alcohol Health Alliance UK the same day that the House of Lords will debate a Private Members Bill to lower the legal limit.
In England and Wales the current limit stands at 80mg of alcohol/100ml of blood, which is the highest legal limit in Europe with the exception of Malta.
Scotland lowered its drink-driving limit to 50mg/100ml in 2014 and after just three months, alcohol related road traffic offences went down 17%.
Today the House of Lords will debate lowering the limit in England and Wales to 50mg/100ml, as a bill sponsored by Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe receives its second reading.
Research suggests that lowering the limit to 50mg/100ml would save over a hundred lives a year, and that £300m would be saved in costs to the emergency services and hospitals.
Professor Sir Ian Gilmore, chair of the Alcohol Health Alliance, said: “Studies consistently show that reducing the drink driving limit clearly reduces the risk of road traffic collisions by changing the behaviour of those likely to drink and drive. The North Review of drink driving law, NICE, the World Health Organisation and countless others recommend we lower the limit to 50mg/100ml, and it is now time that Parliament votes to lower it.”
Gary Rae, campaigns director for Brake, added: “Brake campaigns for a zero drink driving limit. The call by the AHA to reduce the limit from 80 to 50mg/100ml is a useful and welcome step towards achieving our ambition. One in seven UK road deaths result from crashes where the driver was over the drink-drive limit.”