How much alcohol can you consume when you intend to drive? It seems, from recent research, that still many people have a clouded view on what the legal amount allowed is. You may have heard recent news that ministers are considering lowering the drink driving limits in England and Wales, to match the level set in Scotland.
The current limit in England is 80mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood, compared with 50mg in Scotland – equivalent to a small glass of wine or half a pint for the average woman or a large glass of wine or pint for the average man.
Road safety experts have been applying pressure to ministers to toughen up the law; reports are widely available that show England and Wales’ limits as amongst the highest in Europe.
Andrew Jones, a transport minister who has responsibility for road safety, said: “Britain continues to have some of the safest roads in the world because we crack down on those who break the law, and the government believes rigorous enforcement and serious penalties for drink-drivers are a more effective deterrent than changing the drink-driving limit. We continue to look at the best ways to improve road safety but the drink-driving limit for England and Wales strikes an important balance between safety and personal freedom”.
What do you think – should England and Wales have the same lower limit as Scotland?
What are the consequences of drink driving? Understanding the law…in our next blog post.