Survey shows support for tougher drink drive limit
In a recent survey by the IAM, 68% of more than 2,600 respondents said they would like to see the new lower Scottish drink-drive limit introduced across England and Wales.
The Scottish government has announced that it will lower the legal drink-drive limit to 50mg of alcohol in 100ml of blood. The new limit will come into effect on 5 December 2014.
More than 83% of those surveyed confirmed that they drink alcohol, and more than 47% agreed that lowering the limit from 80mg to 50mg of alcohol in 100ml of blood would reduce the number of road collisions.
53% of respondents also said they would like to see more thorough police checks to target drink-drivers, but only 5% supported an increase in alcohol prices to tackle the problem.
Neil Greig, IAM director of policy and research, said: “England and Wales are now totally out of step with drink-drive limits across the rest of Europe. Existing research has shown that between 63 and 116 lives can be saved every year by a lower limit. Different limits are also a recipe for confusion and the IAM urges the Westminster government to review its approach as a matter of urgency.”