Drivers back reducing alcohol limit

Almost 70% of people would like to see the legal drink-drive limit reduced across England, Wales and Northern Ireland, according to a survey by the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM).

Last year Scotland reduced the legal limit from 80ml of alcohol in 100ml of blood to 50ml, which resulted in a 19% drop in alcohol-related driving offences over Christmas compared to the previous festive period.

An IAM survey of 2,437 visitors to its website found that the vast majority would back a similar reduction in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, while nearly half would like the police to be given more power to stop drivers and request a random breath test.

The IAM’s chief executive officer, Sarah Sillars said, ‘While the police double their efforts in reducing the number of drink-drive incidents during this time of year, it’s important that we look to a solution that can make a positive change over the long-term.

‘Many of our survey participants would like to see stricter laws introduced, in order to discourage those who continue to risk one or two drinks when driving.

‘The IAM welcomed the adoption of lower limits in Scotland last year and this change seems to be successfully reinforcing the message that we should all make it none for the road. Christmas is a time when people are more conscious of the risk of drink-driving and the IAM supports campaigns which makes the non-drinker the hero on a night out, so that everyone stays safe.’