English drink-drive limit to be unchanged

Following the Department for Transport's announcement that it has no immediate plans to lower the drink-drive limit in England to the same as Scotland's, alcohol safety experts have described the news as '˜astonishing'.

Wednesday, 17th February 2016, 1:43 pm
Updated Wednesday, 17th February 2016, 1:49 pm

Suzannah Robin, an alcohol safety expert at AlcoDigital, is working with corporate and governmental organisations and has helped dozens of local authorities to implement their alcohol testing policies for staff.

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She believes the Department for Transport is ignoring the facts.

“We are astonished and frustrated that the Department for Transport chooses to continue to isolate England and Wales from having safer roads and experiencing fewer drink-drive related deaths,” she said.

Scotland decreased its drink-drive limit in line with other European countries in December 2014 and has seen drink-drive offences fall by 12.5%, dropping from 4,208 to 3,682 compared with the same period the previous year.