Lower drink-drive limit debated in House of Lords

Alcohol safety experts believe more lives could be saved with the introduction of a French-style breathalyser law.

By The Newsroom
Wednesday, 03 February, 2016, 11:53

The debate of a Private Members’ Bill in the House of Lords on Friday sought to lower the drink-drive limit in England and Wales to the same level as Scotland.

However, Suzannah Robin of AlcoDigital believes that the introduction of a breathalyser law similar to that in place in France – where the drink-drive limit has been the same as Scotland’s for many years – could save many more lives.

In France, it is a legal requirement for all motorists to carry a breathalyser in their vehicle, since 2012. It reported an 8% decrease in road deaths in 2013, to the lowest level on its roads since 1948.

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“The introduction of a lower drink-drive limit in England and Wales to fall in line with Scotland will save hundreds of lives,” said Ms Robin.

In comparison, in 2014 alone alcohol accounted for 5,650 accidents and 8,320 casualties on UK roads.