Latest figures released by the Department for Transport (DfT) show a jump of 4% in the number of drink driving related crashes on Britain’s roads.
An estimate of 5,900 crashes involving at least one driver who was over the limit occurred in 2018, 200 more than during the previous 12 months, meaning around 1 in 20 reported crashes involved a drunk driver, leading to around 240 deaths.
While the government in Scotland reduced the legal limit in Scotland to 50mcg alcohol per 100ml blood in December 2014, the limit in the rest of the UK remains at 80mcg.
Josh Harris, director of campaigns for the road safety charity “Brake”, said: “With thousands of people still being killed and injured at the hands of drink-drivers every year and little sign of this situation improving, decisive action needs to be taken.
“We’re calling on the Government to lower the limit and implement an effective zero-tolerance on drink-driving, making clear to drivers that when you’re behind the wheel, not a drop of alcohol is safe.
“We need to change the culture around drink-driving and that starts with changing a limit which gives a false impression that it is acceptable to mix alcohol and driving – this couldn’t be further from the truth.
“Even very small amounts of alcohol dramatically affect your ability to drive safely and the law should reflect this reality.”
The final drink drive casualty figures for 2018 will be published in August.
About Carl Millar
Carl Millar is a highly respected and experienced drink driving solicitor who is the principal of Millars Solicitors.
Carl has been a specialist in road traffic law for many years and represents clients from all walks of life and all over the Country. He is well known for the dogged defending of his clients and robust cross examination of police officers and exert witnesses.
With a wealth of expertise in motoring law Carl is well placed to provide advice over the phone and deal with all road traffic matters in a calm and professional way.
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