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Three quarters of Brits approve lower drink-drive limit

Date: 22/12/2014 10:32:26
Category: Car tracking
Author: Jack Stanton

Three in four British drivers believe the UK's drink-drive limit should be lowered, according to new research.

After Scotland reduced its drink-limit earlier this month, a new survey polling 1,000 drivers conducted by road safety charity Brake and Direct Line revealed that the majority (74 per cent) believe the rest of the UK should follow suit.

The suggestion is to reduce the limit to 50 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood (50mg/100ml), down from the current limit of 80mg/100ml, motoringresearch.com reports.

The lower limit will be introduced in Northern Ireland next year, while many EU countries including Sweden have an even lower limit of 20mg/100ml. Two out of five (43 per cent) respondents felt that this limit would be better, while just 26 per cent feel the UK's drink-drive limit should remain as it is. Only the UK and Malta currently have an 80mg/100ml in the entire EU, telegraph.co.uk notes.

Julie Townsend, deputy chief executive of Brake, said: "The current drink drive limit in England and Wales sends a confusing message and asks drivers to do the impossible - guess when they are under the limit, and guess when they are safe to drive.

"Even very small amounts of alcohol impair driving, so the only safe choice is not to drink at all before driving. The law needs to make that crystal clear."

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