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.
- The full Investing in Our Nation’s Future: The First 100 Days of the Next Government document can be found on the CFOA website at http://www.cfoa.org.uk/19312. In addition to lowering the drink-drive limit, the document calls for legislation for the installation of sprinklers, mandatory smoke alarms in private rented properties and data sharing between public services, and identifies that this could result in savings in the region of £500 million.
- Brake backs Police Federation plea for lower drink drive limit and calls for greater priority for life-saving roads policing http://www.brake.org.uk/news/1435-drink-drive-limit-may15
- Rank and file police call for drink drive limit to be halved, Daily Telegraph, 19 May 2015 http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/law-and-order/11614073/Rank-and-file-police-call-for-drink-drive-limit-to-be-halved.html