Drivers to face random breath tests?

27 February 2007

Motorists could face random breath tests under government proposals to cut drink-driving offences.

In a 'Review of Road Safety Strategy', the Department for Transport said it will explore ways to make enforcement of drink-driving laws easier for police, including the introduction of completely random breath tests.

The DfT also says it will continue to review the case for cutting the blood alcohol limit from 80mg to 50mg per 100ml of blood, but said the first priority was to improve the enforcement of the current limit.

Better driver training
The review also stated that the way motorists learn to drive needs a complete overhaul, starting with the way young people are educated about road safety.

A more rigorous system of training and testing will also be introduced, but details won't be released until later this year.

Road safety minister Stephen Ladyman said: 'We must change perceptions about driving and road safety. The only way to do this is to educate young people in a different way about the dangers of driving badly. That means introducing a more rigorous system of instruction and testing.'

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