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Why we need a zero limit
Why we need a zero limit
Drink driving in the UK is a serious problem. Figures from last Christmas's drink-drive campaign show that the percentage of positive tests between December 1 and January 1 rose by almost 14% from 2009, while the number of breath tests carried out actually fell by 24%.

These figures come amid news that the Government plans to close the Forensic Science Service, the centre that tests blood-alcohol levels of drink-drivers, next year.

At a time when one in six road deaths involves a collision with someone who is over the alcohol limit, it seems that when it comes to the issue of drinking and driving, the Government is losing focus.

A poll on whatcar.com revealed that half of respondents still drive after drinking, and 10% do so after the equivalent of two or more pints. Partly to blame for this is a law that directly contradicts the 'don't drink and drive' message by telling drivers it's okay to drink 'some' alcohol and drive.

We've examined the evidence – including our own research conducted at the Transport Research Laboratory (TRL) – and believe the only sensible option is to cut the legal limit to effectively zero.

Drink driving: why we need a zero limit - Why the limit must be lower

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