Majority of drivers favour tougher drink driving limit

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Almost half of respondents want a zero tolerance drink driving limit
Almost half of respondents want a zero tolerance drink driving limit
British drivers want to see tougher drink driving limits and more severe punishments, a new survey suggests.

A poll conducted for car leasing company Flexed.co.uk​ found that almost half are now favouring a zero tolerance approach, where even a single alcoholic drink could render a driver unfit to drive.

With the current limit set at 35 micrograms of alcohol for every 100 millilitres of breath in England, drivers want to see the limit reduced to at least 22 micrograms to match new Scottish limits, or even bring it down to zero, the survey found.

Flexed.co.uk asked almost 3,900 drivers in England and Wales for their opinions on drink-drive limits, and found:

  • 23% wanted the limit to stay as it is
  • 31% want the limit to be reduced to match the lower Scottish threshold
  • 46% want to see the drink-drive limit reduced to zero

Police forces in England and Wales say that – in general – the number of drivers caught drinking and driving fell over the recent Christmas period. And the latest government statistics show that drink drive deaths are at their lowest level since records began.

In its recent trading update, Greene King said its sales in Scotland had been affected by the new drink-driving law.

Tough

Drivers also support harsher limits and tougher punishments.

  • 5% thought punishments for drink-drivers were too harsh
  • 31% thought punishments for drink-drivers were about right
  • 66% thought courts should be able to impose more serious punishments on drink-drivers

In fact, some respondents thought that drivers over a certain reading, or those who are repeat offenders, should face an immediate custodial sentence.

Flexed.co.uk’s Mark Hall says reducing drink-drive limits would bring England and Wales into line with Europe where stricter limits already apply.

“A zero tolerance policy wouldn't be unusual – some countries already have that in law, and we'd be setting a fantastic example by joining them. It's a national problem. Scotland has led the way, but we need a national solution.”

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1 comment

Flawed survey?

Posted by John Ellis,

While in no way supporting drinking and driving, I have to say that a car leasing company is not the most neutral of questioners, nor is it likely to be asking deep and searching questions. I suspect that clients of a leasing company will be swayed to tell that company they are dead-against ANY drinking and driving, in case the company would no longer want to lease to them!

It would be much more effective if the authorities would be tougher with those who have broken the existing limit, rather than prosecute those whose behaviour is not shown to be a problem.

John Ellis

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