Motorists back tougher punishments for drink drivers
80% of motorists say those who repeatedly drink drive should have their vehicles seized and sold or scrapped, according to a poll carried by the IAM (Institute of Advanced Motorists).
The poll also reveals that 50% of respondents think this should happen to drivers several times over the limit; 66% want to the drink drive limit reduced (with most of these saying it should be lowered to a maximum of 50mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood); and 28% think Britain should have a zero-tolerance policy.
People convicted of drink driving generally lose their licence for a year and receive an average fine of £240. According to the IAM poll, 57% of respondents think that punishments for drink drivers should be tougher, and 38% said punishments should be much tougher.
Simon Best, IAM chief executive, said: “The support is there for tougher treatment of drink drivers.
“Not only do the majority want a lower limit – they also want tougher punishment for those who break the law, especially the worst offenders who present the greatest danger to other road users, their passengers and themselves.
“Our poll shows a desire to see more effective drink drive levels as well as much greater consistency of enforcement, prosecution, and sentencing, which reflects the level of danger associated with drinking drivers.”
For more information contact the IAM on 020 8996 9777.