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‘Sensible’ new drink-drive limit proposals backed as doctors push for changes


New drink-driving rules proposals pushed by top doctors have been backed by motoring experts. 

John Kushnick, Legal Operations Director at National Accident Helpline, has claimed new suggestions from the British Medical Association (BMA) were “sensible” and a “positive movement” for motorists. 

It comes after Britain’s top medical experts announced they would be lobbying the next Government to look at updating England’s drink-drive limit laws.

The current legal limit of 80mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood is one of the highest in Europe. 

The law was established back in 1967 and has not been changed since despite road safety concerns. 

The BMA is looking to reduce the limit by nearly half for most drivers with a strict limit of 50mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood. 

Meanwhile, a new hard limit of 20mg would be in place for newly qualified road users and commercial drivers.

Speaking to Express.co.uk, John said: “Lobbying for the next government to reduce England’s drink-driving limit is a wholly positive movement. 

“We’re seeing tragic consequences from people continually getting behind the wheel when they know they are over the limit.

“Accidents are often caused by people who are aware they’re not in a fit state to drive but take the chance anyway. It is also the case that drivers overestimate how much they are allowed to drink before going over the drink driving limit.

“The usual list of solutions such as stricter law enforcements, more robust implementation and better awareness of the rules in place can be added to the BMA suggestion of reducing the limit from 80mg to 50mg per 100ml of blood, the equivalent of a small drink. 

“The BMA also go on to make the very sensible recommendation that this should be lower for new and commercial drivers, just 20mg.”

The BMA warned that alcohol and drug-related deaths reached record highs in 2021 and 2022.

At least 17 organisations have already backed the new proposals including road safety groups Brake and IAmRoadSmart. 

A statement from the BMA read: “Harm caused by alcohol and other drugs, including when driving under the influence, places an avoidable burden on individuals and our society, emergency services, the NHS, and the economy.”

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