Road Safety GB has backed the Transport Select Committee’s call on the government to strengthen enforcement of the drink drive limit, and to increase the detection of drug driving.
In launching its first report to the new government, Louise Ellman, committee chair, said: “We believe the government should learn from the experience of other countries which have successfully reduced drink drive casualties by ensuring enforcement was robust.
“We believe stronger enforcement must be coupled with an extensive government education campaign – focused on the strength of alcoholic drinks and their effect in the body – run in conjunction with the pub, restaurant and hospitality industry.”
The committee says it is ‘unfortunate’ that a drug screening device has not been ‘type-approved’ some seven years after police were granted the legal power to use them. But MPs welcomed the government’s commitment to install drug screening devices in every police station by 2012.
Alan Kennedy, chair of Road Saferty GB, said: "Road Safety GB fully supports the Transport Committee’s call to the government to allow the police to take a tougher line with regard to drink/drug drive enforcement.
"In addition, we strongly urge the government to lower the drink drive limit to 50mg per 100ml of blood, in line with the North Report recommendation. As well as preventing hundreds of deaths and serious injuries, this will bring the UK into line with the rest of Europe.”
"This is a great opportunity to send out a clear message to drivers that our society will not tolerate drink and drug drivers. We urge the government to deliver this message at the earliest possible opportunity."
Click here to read the report: Drink and drug driving law: Transport Committee – First Report.