Police, Fire and Road Safety Organisations call for lower drink-drive limit

The Chief Fire Officers Association (CFOA) and others, including the Local Government Association (LGA), The Police Federation of England and Wales and Road Safety Charity, Brake, are calling for the drink-drive limit to be lowered.

The CFOA and the LGA document: Investing in Our Nation’s Future: The First 100 Days of the Next Government, published in February 2015, set out a number of challenges to a new government including lowering the drink-drive limit to bring it into line with limits in Scotland and Northern Ireland.

The costed proposals in the document identified that reducing the drink-drive limit from 80mg to 50mg of alcohol in every 100ml of blood could reduce crashes by almost 5,000, potentially preventing up to 168 deaths a year. This could not only save lives, it could provide savings to the public purse of as much as £285 million a year.

The issue is being discussed at the Police Federation’s annual conference, taking place in Bournemouth this week.

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