Government measures up zero alcohol driving limit
THE Government said today it was considering a zero alcohol limit for drink driving, as a new survey claimed four out of ten motorists would support such a move.
UK Road Safety Minister Jim Fitzpatrick said there was "always an argument" for zero tolerance and promised a consultation in the new year.
His comments came as the Department of Transport in London launched its Christmas drink drive THINK! campaign with brand new Internet and radio adverts to remind drivers just how badly getting behind the wheel after a few drinks can affect their lives.
A survey by insurance company Direct Line found 45 per cent of drivers admitted they had got behind the wheel after having had some alcohol and four per cent said they did so frequently.
A further 22 per cent of those questioned said they had been a passenger in a car when they thought the driver was over the drink-drive limit.
But 40 per cent said people should be banned from drinking any alcohol if they plan to drive.
Mr Fitzpatrick said the Government was looking at introducing a complete ban.
He said: "There is always an argument for zero tolerance. We are going to be consulting early in the new year on whether to keep the limit as it stands or drop it, and whether to introduce random breath testing of motorists.
"It's difficult to assess whether you are over the limit because people's metabolisms are different and it depends on many different factors.
"The advice is if you are drinking leave the car at home, use public transport or share a taxi with friends but don't drink and drive because it's dangerous."
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