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DRINK-DRIVING This time of year AGAIN! Many people will be enjoying the seasonal festivities, but many are doing so from a hospital bed or even worst a "Mortuary". I know that this is the worst-case scenario of drink driving, but it's true. The statistics released by Lancashire police show a 27% increase in the number of people arrested for drink driving over the Christmas period. From the 26 November until Christmas 1,100 people were arrested for drink driving out of 2,700 who had been breathalysed. These figures definitely show cause for concern. As a drive myself, I have at times put under enormous pressure from other people who have said, "Oh, it will be alright, you have only had one drink". These are the famous last words. Many drivers have been put into a fault sense of security by the government and society on the whole that a "One-pint limit" and you are all right to drive. ...read more.


Shouldn't we be looking at this as well? Last year the department of transport spend millions in campaigning, which was hard-hitting. Posters, bill-boards and television advertisements depicted in realistic terms the consequences of drink driving to the point that several advertisements were done in slow motion to emphasize the dangers. Before the general elections the labour party made it quite clear that one of its aims was to lower the drink drive limit from 80mg alcohol per 100mls of blood to 50mg. Many people including the police, Magistrates and the medical professions were all in favour of this recommendation. Since this proposal there as been much speculation as to when this measure would be taken, and the decision to ignore these people above was taken. Consultations carried out by the department of Environment, Transport and the regions (DETR), showed that there was a convincing majority in favour of the lower limit, 75% respondents were in favour of the 50mg limit, while 20% wanted to keep the existing limit. ...read more.


An official source from the DETR said the government feared that a reduction in the drink drive limit would cause political backlash. " To reduce the limit again would be like asking people not to eat beef off the bone - they would just continue to do it." As a national we always seem to be behind when it comes to issues relating this one. Already the European commission is looking into the 50mg debate, because many countries have this 50mg limit and a lower level for specific drivers. It appears to me that England is always the last to implement these things. I do understand that rural pubs and hotels are dependent on access by car, but surely with increasing deaths from drink driving some type of measure should definitely brought in to stop this increasing number of deaths. In my opinion a zero tolerate initiative would not be as miss leading as a one pint limit. ...read more.

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