No drink drive limit review for England and Wales

Following the reduction in drink drive limit in Scotland in 2014, the rest of the UK will not be following suit, according to the transport minister.

With the UK Government recently announcing its confirmation that it won’t be reviewing the drink driving limit for England and Wales, road safety charity, Brake, has expressed its disappointment and says that the decision from the transport minister, Andrew Jones MP, is in conflict with his previously stated aims of discussing how the reduced limit in Scotland can have wider effects on road safety.

Scotland changed its drink drive limit to 0.05% BAC in December 2014 and safety groups have since campaigned heavily for the same reduction to be implemented in the rest of Great Britain, where the limit continues to be 0.08% BAC.

After lowering its limits, Scotland saw a reduction of more than 12% in drink driving offences within the first 9 months of the new limit being in place with an 8% full year drop in the rate of offending.

A similarly important finding was that the reduction in the limit coincided with a change in attitudes towards drink driving generally with a survey yielding a result of 82% believing it is unacceptable to drink and drive. This figure tends to reflect attitudes across the entire nation with Brake stating that the number of people believing that any alcohol at all within the system is unacceptable when planning to drive is 85%.

With such a clear reduction in offending rates within Scotland and widespread public opinion against drinking and driving, Brake’s spokesman, Gary Rae said, “We would urge the minister to listen to and learn from his Scottish counterpart and respect the wishes of both the British public and the police by following Scotland’s lead and dropping the drink drive limit.”

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