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Two-thirds of drivers think English drink-drive limit should be reduced

The majority of motorists don’t agree with the Government’s strategy to tackle drink driving through increased enforcement rather than a lower limit.

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A total of 67% of respondents think the drink-drive limit should be reduced.

A survey of 2,000 drivers by AlcoSense Breathalysers found that 67% think the English drink-drive limit should be reduced. And less than a third (27%) think that the Government’s strategy of better police enforcement on its own would be the best way to tackle drink driving.

The current limit of 80mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood has been in place since the drink drive law was introduced on 8 October 1967, despite Scotland having cut to 50mg in December 2014 while Northern Ireland is in the process of doing the same. 50mg per 100ml is also the legal limit in most of Europe.

The research also found that 26% of respondents think they will drive with alcohol in their system this Christmas and 45% of 18-24 year olds say they would drive ‘the morning after’.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.