New proposal would mean one drink and you're over the limit
15 June 2007

The Government is considering lowering the amount of alcohol that drivers can have legally in their blood, according to a report in the Times.Currently the legal limit is 80mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood, but if the proposals are approved, this will be lowered to 50mg.That means drivers would be restricted to about half a pint of strong lager or around 175ml of wine.In the past seven years the number of people caught drink-driving in the UK has risen from 460 to 560, while in Germany it has dropped by half.Britian currently has a higher limit than in most other EU countries, yet according to a 2005 European Commission study drivers in the UK are nine times less likely to be breathalysed.Research from University College London reckons that a lower limit would save 65 lives a year.We're all in favour of a lower limit. Problem is, it would still need to be enforced by actual police on the roads, at least until they invent the drink-drive camera.

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