Should the drink-drive limit change?

October 10th, 2019

Many motorists are suggesting that it is time for a change in the drink drive limit.

In a recent survey of British motorists, more than 63% said they would be open to a zero-tolerance drink driving limit.

The current limit is 80mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood. Practically, this translates to roughly 1 unit. This current limit means that a glass of wine or a bottle of beer is allowed before driving.

The call is currently to reduce this to between 30mg and 60mg per 100ml of blood. Effectively, this is a zero-tolerance limit, as a driver is not able to have a drink and still be under the limit. It does however allow for a driver to have had several drinks the night before, or have waited several hours before driving.

Special attention is given to young and new drivers. These drivers tend to be less capable and more likely to cause accidents as it is. Many of those surveyed said that they thought even if the drink-drive limit was not reduced for long time drivers, it should be reduced for new and learner drivers.

The UK hosts one of the most relaxed drink-driving policies in the EU, with most of the countries in Europe operating zero-tolerance policies and seeing a reduction in the drink driving incidents.

Closer to home, Scotland has already reduced their limit to 50mg/100ml of blood. As mentioned above, this means that although it is not a zero-tolerance policy, practically it is. 50mg is less than one unit of alcohol, so any drink would put you over the drink drive limit.

Many are hoping that the UK will follow the lead of most of the EU including Scotland, and reduce their drink driving legal limit.

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