Half of motorists would back lowering drink drive limit to zero, study finds

Drink driving

Sunday, December 16, 2018

More than half of UK motorists would support a total ban on drink driving, a new study suggests.

A poll of 2,000 drivers found that 54 per cent would support loweing the drink drive limit to zero, meaning motorists could not have any alcohol before driving.

The survey, carried out by law firm Slater and Gordon, found that 84 per cent of people wanted to see the current alcohol limit reduced.



In the UK, the drink drive limit is 80 milligrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood.

Thirty eight per cent of people polled confessed to driving when they knew or suspected they were over the drink drive limit.


'More education is needed'

Paul Reddy, head of road traffic defence at Slater and Gordon, said: "There is still a lot of confusion around the drink drive limit in this country, but it is surprising and very concerning that the large majority still don't know the guidelines.

"This may be one of the reasons why so many people support a total ban which would remove any room for doubt. What these results do definitely tell us is that more education is needed on this."



The findings follow the publication of another report on Wednesday that found the reduced drink-drive limit in Scotland has had no impact on cutting road accidents.

The Scottish Government cut the legal blood alcohol limit for motorists from 80 milligrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood to 50 in December 2014.