23 October 2018   |  Last Updated 19-12-2014 04:00

      Calls for lower drink-drive limit to be implemented in Manchester

      ACCORDING to a survey released by road safety charity Brake today, one in three drivers would like to see a lower drink-drive limit for motorists in England and Wales.


      The calls come just weeks after Scotland lowered its drink drive limit to 50mg per 100ml - a move that will be replicated by Northern Ireland in 2015.


      Greater Manchester Police reported that yesterday 117 drivers were arrested after failing a breathalyser test, this comes during the same month that the force launched its None for the Road campaign. 


      The survey also revealed that 95 per cent of drivers wanted repeat offenders to face harsher penalties, with 89 per cent saying these offenders should have “alcolocks” fitted to their vehicles to prevent them driving if over the limit.


      Bernadette McVey, aged 38 from Sale, works for Manchester city council and says that the GMP should continue to clamp down on offenders during the festive period.


      “It’s a dangerous time of year to be on the roads, people are drinking more regularly and the party season is really upon us which means there are more accidents on the road.


      “I think the laws implemented in Scotland are a positive move and the people of Manchester could really benefit from having a similar system. Perhaps the high number of accidents over recent months on the roads will be enough to convince people of the dangers associated with drink driving.”


      Julie Townsend, deputy chief executive at Brake, said: “The UK has now slipped off the top of the European road safety rankings, and without critical progress, including the introduction of a zero-tolerance drink drive limit, we will be left further behind. 


      “The current drink drive limit in England and Wales sends a confusing message and asks drivers to do the impossible – guess when they are under the limit, and guess when they are safe to drive.


      "In reality, even very small amounts of alcohol impair driving, so the only safe choice is not to drink at all before driving. The law needs to make that crystal clear. 


      "We’re also appealing to the public in in the run up to Christmas to show zero tolerance on drink driving, and pledge to never get behind the wheel after any amount of alcohol.”


      Road Safety Minister Robert Goodwill said: “Britain already has tough penalties to tackle drink-driving and the Government believes increased enforcement is a more effective deterrent than a change in the law.


      “We are removing the automatic right for drivers who fail a breathalyser test to demand a blood and urine test. High-risk offenders are now also required to prove they are no longer alcohol-dependent before being allowed to drive.”


      By Helen Vaudrey