Minister denies lower drink-drive limit rumours
Road safety minister Andrew Jones has dismissed reports that the Government is planning to reduce the drink-drive limit in England and Wales.
Various media outlets had reported on Wednesday morning that ministers were pondering the decision, after Mr Jones ‘floated the idea in a parliamentary answer’.
However, Sky News is now reporting that the Government is in favour of ‘rigorous enforcement’ as opposed to lowering the limit.
There have been calls from road safety stakeholders for England and Wales to follow Scotland’s lead and reduce the drink-drive limit from 80mg alcohol/100ml blood to 50mg.
A recent report from the RAC Foundation and Pacts suggested that around 25 lives could have been saved across Great Britain in 2015 had the new lower limit been enforced across the UK.
Stats published by the DfT last week show that a central estimate of 240 people were killed in accidents in Great Britain where at least one driver was over the drink drive limit, unchanged from 2013.
Andrew Jones, road safety minister, told Sky News: "We have no plans to change the drink drive limit. There is no review.
"The Government believes rigorous enforcement and serious penalties for drink drivers are a more effective deterrent than changing the drink driving limit.
"Britain continues to have some of the safest roads in the world because we crack down on those who break the law.
"The Government believes rigorous enforcement and serious penalties for drink drivers are a more effective deterrent than changing the drink driving limit."