DCC Suzette Davenport, ACPO lead for roads policing, believes that drivers should be banned from drinking any alcohol before driving, according to a report in the Daily Mail.
Speaking as ACPO launched its Christmas drink and drug drive campaign, DCC Davenport said the change would drastically reduce the number of people killed and seriously injured on Britain’s roads and pledged to call on Government ministers to consider the change.
DCC Davenport said: “I am certainly going to take my view to the Government and the Department for Transport. It may make me unpopular.
“Why is it we allow people to have a drink and drive? This change would take us into line with many other European countries.”
Last year the Government rejected a recommendation in the North Report to lower the legal limit from 80mg per 100ml of blood to 50mg.
Kevin Clinton, head of road safety at the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), said: “Lowering the limit would back up road safety messages about how and why driving under the influence of alcohol is dangerous and would help to encourage people not to drink any alcohol before driving.”
Robert Gifford, of the Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety (PACTS), said: “It’s a very laudable long-term aim but could not be achieved in one go. What we need is a staged approach, moving to 50mg, ensuring that works and then moving to 20mg.”
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