GEM back calls to reduce alcohol limit for motorists

5th April 2012

Road safety organisation GEM Motoring Assist has backed proposals for a reduction to the current alcohol limit for drivers in the UK.

The company is a member of the Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety (PACTS) and with a membership of 75,000 is calling for motorists to support the campaign.

GEM Motoring Assist chief executive officer David Williams revealed that PACTS had lent its name to a letter urging the government to reduce alcohol limits for drivers.

Reducing the limit could prove beneficial to vehicle maintenance with fewer collisions meaning less damage to tyres, brakes and other engine parts.

More importantly, Mr Williams noted that “reducing the limit would significantly decrease the number of fatalities and injuries caused by motorists over the drink drive limit”.

He estimated that there could be a reduction of anywhere between 20 and 188 fatalities as well as anywhere between 629 and 16,900 non fatal injuries.

Under current rules, England would be one of only two western European countries to fail to change the limit.

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