Thursday, 3 December 2009
Drink drive limit may be lowered
The government is examining the possibility of lowering the legal drink drive limit, and has asked a legal expert to carry out the research on its behalf. Sir Peter North will submit an independent assessment sometime early next year.
The case for a reduction in the limit is a strong one; at 80 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood there is too much room for those tempted to consume alcohol before driving to chance the amount they can safely drink, or at the very least get away with. The problem is compounded by what is in any case an arbitrary and - for each individual -a variable figure liable to fluctuate throughout the day.
And drink driving is a real issue; last year alone around 430 people lost their lives on UK roads as a direct result of motorists under the influence. British roads - on the whole - have a good record for a country with such a high population density and penalties even for first-time offenders are tough, but many would argue the number of deaths are still far too high. Removing the ambiguity surrounding the current limit so that even one drink becomes one too many is without question the right way to proceed.