Calls for reduction in blood-alcohol limit following drink-drive figures

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The number of fatalities occurring on UK roads as a result of drink-driving has remained unchanged since 2010, official figures have revealed.

In 2014, drink-driving related incidents in the UK resulted in around 240 people being killed, data released by the Department for Transport has shown. This is the same figure as in 2010.

The RAC has called for immediate action to tackle the issue of drink-driving following the release of the figures.

RAC road safety spokesman, Pete Williams, said: "We need as a society to break through this plateau and once again consistently reduce needless, alcohol-related road deaths in the coming years.

"That means both renewed efforts from law enforcement and changes in attitudes from individual motorists who are prepared to break the law in this way, as well as their families and friends who may be able to prevent them getting behind the wheel."

While the number of fatalities remained high, the report revealed there had been a decrease of 3% in the number of seriously injured drink-driving casualties, with figures reaching 1,070 in 2014, down from 1,100 a year previously.

The total number of drink-drive accidents of all severities was also found to have reduced, falling 1% to 5,620. However, provisional estimates suggest there were between 200 and 290 drink-drive related deaths last year.

The figures have reignited calls among campaigners, including the RAC, for the Government to further consider bringing the blood-alcohol limit for England and Wales in line with that of Scotland.

Currently, the limit in England and Wales is set at 80mg alcohol per 100ml blood. However, since 2014 the limit in Scotland is 50mg. Drink-drive offences fell by 12.5% in the first nine months after the change.

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