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MPs back calls to drastically cut legal drink-drive limit to less than half a pint

A glass of wine or half a pint of beer should put motorists over the legal limit, say MPs.

An influential Commons group has given powerful backing to calls for a drastic cut in the amount of alcohol drivers could drink.

The Transport Select Committee said there was a 'growing consensus' that the legal limit should fall from 80mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood to just 50mg.

'One for the road' could become 'none for the road'

'Whereas, at present, drivers might think they can consume one or two alcoholic drinks and remain under the limit, the lower level would make it clear that "none for the road" was the only option,' the committee's report said.

It piled pressure on the Government just weeks after Roads Minister Jim Fitzpatrick angered road safety campaigners by ruling out plans to cut the limit to 50mg - the legal maximum in most of Europe.

It attacked the Government's failure to tackle deaths caused by drink-driving which remained the same as in 1998, at 460 a year.

The committee also urged ministers to ban novice motorists from drinking any alcohol at all, and for tougher penalties for alcoholrelated offences.

The 'none for the road' call was welcomed by road safety campaigners.

Carole Whittingham of the Campaign Against Drinking and Driving, said: 'We have got to make the laws black and white and get rid of the grey areas. If you want to drink, you shouldn't be driving, and if you're driving, you shouldn't be drinking.'

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Cathy Keeler of the road safety charity Brake called a limit of 20mg. She said: 'Lowering the limit would remove any question in people's minds about whether they could have a drink or not.'

Liberal Democrat transport spokesman Mark Hunter said: 'It is a travesty that drunk drivers still kill as many people now as they did a decade ago. Ministers must now agree to reduce the drink-drive limit, in line with other European countries.'

Part of the problem is that drinks served in pubs tend to be bigger and stronger than years ago, so that customers fail to realise how much they are consuming.

However ministers are understood to be anxious that lowering the limit could double the number of disqualified drivers from 100,000 to 200,000 a year, creating a drinkdrive underclass.

The report by the Labour-dominated Transport Select Committee-published today, said there were 2,946 road deaths last year. A quarter of a million people were injured.

It said: 'It is inconceivable that any transport system invented today would be accepted, no matter what its benefits, if it involved this level of carnage.'

Louise Ellman, Labour chairman of the committee, said: 'The number of deaths and injuries on our roads far outweighs those in other transport modes or in other workrelated accidents.

'We need to start seeing this not only as a collection of individual tragedies but also as the major public health problem of our age.'

Ministers were criticised for the 'slow and expensive' process of introducing 20mph zones in residential areas, town centres and schools.

The committee said that while in Germany 10,000 'home zones' - where traffic must not exceed 20mph - had been created, and in Austria the entire city of Graz operated the speed limit, it had only been achieved in a 'handful' of places in the UK.

The Department for Transport said the focus of a forthcoming consultation on drink-drive accidents would be on making it easier for police to catch motorists exceeding the existing limit, rather than lowering the alcohol limit.

A spokesman said: 'The number of people killed in drink drive accidents each year has been cut by almost three quarters since 1979 thanks to more than 30 years of Government campaigns and measures to improve enforcement.'

My view on drink driving is "if your gonna drive dont drink" anybody with an opposing view?

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I get around this dilemma by drinking to the point where I can't stand up, let alone drive....problem solved.

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My view on drink driving is "if your gonna drive dont drink" anybody with an opposing view?

am with you Chem.

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10...-half-pint.html

MPs back calls to drastically cut legal drink-drive limit to less than half a pint

A glass of wine or half a pint of beer should put motorists over the legal limit, say MPs.

An influential Commons group has given powerful backing to calls for a drastic cut in the amount of alcohol drivers could drink.

The Transport Select Committee said there was a 'growing consensus' that the legal limit should fall from 80mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood to just 50mg.

'One for the road' could become 'none for the road'

'Whereas, at present, drivers might think they can consume one or two alcoholic drinks and remain under the limit, the lower level would make it clear that "none for the road" was the only option,' the committee's report said.

It piled pressure on the Government just weeks after Roads Minister Jim Fitzpatrick angered road safety campaigners by ruling out plans to cut the limit to 50mg - the legal maximum in most of Europe.

It attacked the Government's failure to tackle deaths caused by drink-driving which remained the same as in 1998, at 460 a year.

The committee also urged ministers to ban novice motorists from drinking any alcohol at all, and for tougher penalties for alcoholrelated offences.

The 'none for the road' call was welcomed by road safety campaigners.

Carole Whittingham of the Campaign Against Drinking and Driving, said: 'We have got to make the laws black and white and get rid of the grey areas. If you want to drink, you shouldn't be driving, and if you're driving, you shouldn't be drinking.'

linked-image

Cathy Keeler of the road safety charity Brake called a limit of 20mg. She said: 'Lowering the limit would remove any question in people's minds about whether they could have a drink or not.'

Liberal Democrat transport spokesman Mark Hunter said: 'It is a travesty that drunk drivers still kill as many people now as they did a decade ago. Ministers must now agree to reduce the drink-drive limit, in line with other European countries.'

Part of the problem is that drinks served in pubs tend to be bigger and stronger than years ago, so that customers fail to realise how much they are consuming.

However ministers are understood to be anxious that lowering the limit could double the number of disqualified drivers from 100,000 to 200,000 a year, creating a drinkdrive underclass.

The report by the Labour-dominated Transport Select Committee-published today, said there were 2,946 road deaths last year. A quarter of a million people were injured.

It said: 'It is inconceivable that any transport system invented today would be accepted, no matter what its benefits, if it involved this level of carnage.'

Louise Ellman, Labour chairman of the committee, said: 'The number of deaths and injuries on our roads far outweighs those in other transport modes or in other workrelated accidents.

'We need to start seeing this not only as a collection of individual tragedies but also as the major public health problem of our age.'

Ministers were criticised for the 'slow and expensive' process of introducing 20mph zones in residential areas, town centres and schools.

The committee said that while in Germany 10,000 'home zones' - where traffic must not exceed 20mph - had been created, and in Austria the entire city of Graz operated the speed limit, it had only been achieved in a 'handful' of places in the UK.

The Department for Transport said the focus of a forthcoming consultation on drink-drive accidents would be on making it easier for police to catch motorists exceeding the existing limit, rather than lowering the alcohol limit.

A spokesman said: 'The number of people killed in drink drive accidents each year has been cut by almost three quarters since 1979 thanks to more than 30 years of Government campaigns and measures to improve enforcement.'

My view on drink driving is "if your gonna drive dont drink" anybody with an opposing view?

My view is if you drink and drive and kill someone it should be murder one.

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Well since the SOB's banned smoking every freakin where I rarly go out drinking anymore. Stay home have friends over get smashed with g/f what ever but ya never drink and drive just plain stupid. I can't believe I'm still alive or that I didn't kill anybody, when I was a punk *** kid I did drink and drive and yup very stupid got lucky back then and won't ever risk that again.

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For me this is very easy: If you are strong enough to drink, you are strong enough to walk home.

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