MPs call for lower drink-drive limit

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REQUESTS to decrease the legal drink-drive border have been established by the Government’s Transport Board. MPs last month suggested the committee that the limit should be plummeted to the “effectively zero” boundary of 20mg of alcohol in 100ml of blood in the long run, connected to the existing limit of 80mg in 100ml of blood.

They decided, nevertheless, that such a fundamental change would be “a gigantic step too far at this period” and would help from very little support from the public. The panel suggested a provisional limit of 50mg of alcohol in 100ml of blood, but added that it might send out diverse messages to the public and car insurance companies.

“We agree to take that a 50mg/100ml border would not resolve the problematic problem of varied messages communicated to the community, given that the official Government guidance is not to drink and drive at all,” reads the Drink driving law daft report.

Alterations to drop the legal drink-drive limit have been met with displeasure by restaurant, pub and hospitality managers, who claim that the reduction to 50mg would put hundreds of outlets out of business.

The panel said: “Whilst we decide that some particular businesses might be affected, we are not convinced that there would be widespread closures of the kind dreaded by the pub and hospitality union.

“Drink-drive legislation had its most important impact on the industry with the outline of the legal blood alcohol limit in 1967 and the trade has spread since then. A reduction to 50mg/100ml BAC would not, in our view, have a considerable economic effect on the sector.”

“In the current economic climate police forces are under increased pressure to use their limited resources in the most effective and appropriate way possible and it is reasonable to explore whether such a legal change might place unmanageable pressures on their resources. But we found the evidence given by police representatives persuasive.”

A drink-driving conviction can result in up to 6 months in prison, a fine of up to 5000and at least a 12 months’ exclusion (or three years for a second crime within 10 years.) A conviction is also likely to end to low car insurance.

The body’s attention of alcohol is resolute by age, gender, mass and other matters, and so the only innocent choice is not to drink alcohol if you plan to drive, and not ever offer an alcoholic drink to someone else who is offering to drive you.

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