IAM Survey Shows Support For Lower Drink-Drive Limit In UK
68% of motorists in England and Wales want Scotland's proposed, lower, drink-drive limit to be brought south of the border, an Institute of Advanced Motorists survey shows.
The current limit – throughout the United Kingdom - is 80mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood. Scotland could soon reduce its limit to 50mg which would bring it in line with countries such as France and Germany – but place it at odds with England and Wales.
The proposal could reduce road casualties and be approved before Christmas 2014.
The survey also shows that 53% of motorists “would prefer more thorough police checks to target drink-drivers”, whereas only 5% want to tackle the problem by raising prices.
IAM Director Discusses Drink-Drive Limit
The Institute of Advanced Motorists Director of Policy and Research, Neil Greig says: “England and Wales are now totally out of step with drink-drive limits across the rest of Europe.”
“Existing research has shown that between 63 and 116 lives can be saved every year by a lower limit. Different limits are also a recipe for confusion and the IAM would urge the Westminster government to review its approach as a matter of urgency.”