Will England and Wales’ drivers be facing a lower drink-drive limit?

Will England and Wales' drivers be facing a lower drink-drive limit? 27th May 2015

Drivers in England and Wales could potentially be facing a lower drink-driving limit very soon, if plans from a leading law enforcement agency are given the green light this year. 

The Police Federation has announced the plans, which would drastically reduce the amount of alcohol people could have in their system before they are adjudged to be driving illegally. It would mean that one pint of beer would be enough to take drivers over the limit. 

The move would see the limit in England and Wales brought in line with that in Scotland, where the Scottish government brought in a new lowered limit in December of 2014. 

Instead of the current limits of 80 mg of alcohol per 100 ml of blood, 35 microgrammes per 100 ml of breath or 107 mg per 100 ml of urine would be cut by 37.5 per cent. They would fall to 50 mg of alcohol per 100 ml of blood. 

The plans are also in line, according to the RAC, with what the average driver wants to see. In its recent survey, it reported that the majority of motorists across the UK want to see the drink drive limit consistent nationwide. 

RAC chief engineer David Bizley said: "While it's important to remember that there has been a steady reduction in the number of drink-drive casualties in recent years, thousands of people are still injured or killed on our roads as a result of someone being over the legal limit.

"The government says that tackling drink-driving in England and Wales is a priority, but the simple question is now this – with a significant weight of opinion behind a reduction in the limit, are there any solid reasons to oppose one?"

The RAC also said that in addition to lowering the drink-drive limit, the government should also be looking to be more stringent with tackling those who drink and drive. 

Posted by Danielle Barge