Report reveals need to cut drink-drive limit

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GEM Motoring Assist is calling on the Government to accept that the drink-drive limit in England and Wales is too high following the findings of its latest research, Fleet News reports.

The 'Fit to Drive' report was published by the Parliamentary Advisory Committee for Transport Safety (PACTS) last week.

The report shows that alcohol impairment is still a major contributory factor to crashes. Using the most recent figures available, the research found that in 2013, around 4.5 fatal collisions every week were related to drink-driving.

Following the findings, the road safety and breakdown recovery organisation is calling for an immediate pledge to reduce the legal limit and increase police activity to help enforce the law.

GEM chief executive David Williams said: "It's believed that reducing the limit from 80mg/100ml to 50mg/100ml would save around 25 lives and 95 serious injuries every year."

Williams noted that advances in technology have made simple and effective roadside breath tests a reality.

He added: "Drink-driving remains a significant threat to the safety of all road users, but there are effective steps to help reduce this threat.

"Reducing the drink-drive limit should be the number one priority, as this would bring clear and significant road safety benefits.

"Supporting this should be modern alcohol testing equipment that helps police officers do their job more efficiently.

"The Government needs to take a strong lead to help prevent the unnecessary death, injury and misery that's too often a consequence of someone's irresponsible decision to get behind the wheel after drinking alcohol."

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