Huppert acts to lower drink drive limit to save lives

23 November, 2011 No Comments

November 21, 2011

A call for a change in the law which would almost halve the drink driving limit is being supported by Cambridge MP Julian Huppert.

Julian is backing a Ten Minute Rule Motion in the Commons tomorrow (Tuesday, November 22) which aims to reduce the permitted blood alcohol limit for drivers from 80mg per 100ml of blood to 50mg.

It would also give the police the power to suspend a driver’s licence while assessment is carried out to see whether he or she is suitable to drive. The motion is proposed as the country marks national Road Safety Week.

“This would be a major step forward in cutting deaths on our roads especially among the young,” said Julian.

“We know that drinking alcohol severely impairs a driver’s judgement; reducing the limit might just make those prepared to take the risk to think again. Anything we can do to cut the needless loss of lives on our road has to be worthwhile.”

Julian is also supporting a campaign by road safety charity, Brake, to introduce graduated driving licences to allow new drivers to develop driving skills and experience gradually, while restricting exposure to higher risk situations.    

It is estimated that graduated driver licensing would prevent 200 deaths and 14,000 injuries every year.

Julian said: “I am supporting this Road Safety Week campaign because too many young people are dying in road crashes and that has a devastating effect on their families and our communities as a whole. It is time we took decisive action to protect them.”

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