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20/02/2016 17:20:50

Drink drive limits to remain unchanged

Despite what some papers have been reporting, according to the Department for Transport, there are no current plans to reduce the drink driving limit in Wales and England to match the Scottish limit. However, the minister for transport Andrew Jones, is conducting a review on whether reducing the limit in Scotland has had a positive impact on safety on the roads.


The drink drive limit in Scotland is 50 milligrams per 100 millilitres of blood, but the limit in Wales and England is 80 milligrams. Campaigners for road safety were delighted with the move in Scotland, and have been pressing the government to learn the lessons from this reduction, and to implement it across the rest of the UK.

Andrew Jones stated that it was the government’s view that strong enforcement policies and severe drink driving penalties made a much more effective deterrent than the limit, and for this reason UK roads are among the safest in the world.

Apparently the talk about a reduction in the drink drive limit came about as a result of a written question in parliament, which led to Mr Jones stating that the experiences in Scotland would be taken into account when any decisions are made on changes to the law on drink driving in Wales and England. Northern Ireland is currently in consultation on whether to lower their limit to match Scotland, and also to set a practically zero limit for certain categories of drivers such as learners, newly-qualified and professional drivers.

The current drink drive limit is higher than the limit in most of the other members of Europe. Motoring organisations have commented that simply lowering limits is not the best way to increase safety on the roads, and that the police should concentrate on targeting the people who drive well over the limit, as they are the ones who are most likely to be involved in fatalities on the roads.



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