Half of UK adults think the drink drive limit needs lowering, survey finds

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15th May 2015 10:19 - Public Consultation

A recent survey by insurance company, Direct Line, has found that approximately half of adults in the United Kingdom think the drink drive Half of UK adults think the drink drive limit needs lowering, survey finds limit should be lowered for young people and new drivers.

Around 50 per cent believed that the limit should either be lower, or zero, for young motorists or new drivers.

The area which the most people supported the lower limit for young people was in North East England. On the other hand, the south east of England had the least amount of support for the lower limit.

The survey also found that 36 per cent should be brought down to zero for all motorists.

Of the respondents, those in Northern Ireland were the most supportive of having a zero limit for all drivers. However, those in North East England and London were the least supportive.

At the moment, the current limit in England, Wales and Northern Ireland is 80mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood, although, in Scotland, the limit was lowered to 50mg per 100ml of blood.

Motor Director at Direct Line, Gus Park, said of the findings: “England, Wales and Northern Ireland boast one of the most permissive driver blood-alcohol concentration limits in Europe, but there is widespread popular support for lowering this, especially for young and novice motorists.

“With many other European nations adopting a zero-tolerance approach to drink-driving and Scotland reducing the legal drink-drive limit by over a third in December, it may only be a matter of time before the rest of the union introduces tougher drink-driving controls.”

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