Drink driving: why we need a zero limit - Introduction
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.