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Police chief backs lowering of drink drive limit

Devon and Cornwall's Police and Crime Commissioner has backed a bid to lower the drink drive limit.

Tony Hogg has added his name to a private members bill being debated in the House of Lords which would lower the legal drinking limit in England and Wales.

It would reduce the current limits from 80mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood, to 50mg of alcohol - in line with most other European countries.

England and Wales currently has the highest allowed levels in Europe.

More than three quarters of people polled about drink driving support reducing the limit in England and Wales to the same as Scotland, an alcohol health group has said. Credit: PA

The evidence is clear, the risk of road traffic injury and collision increases rapidly with alcohol consumption.

Yes, we need to ensure there is effective enforcement of laws and I am proud of the strong track record police have in doing that, but the current limits are too generous and should be reduced.

Scotland has led the way on alcohol policy having introduced a lower drink drive limit in late 2014. I would urge parliament to make similar changes for England and Wales.

I am sure the people of Devon and Cornwall would support such a move – despite any impact it might have on their own behaviour or social arrangements.

A lower drink drive limit will help reduce the numbers of people dying or suffering life changing injuries on the roads – and ultimately make our communities safer.

– Tony Hogg
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78 charged with drink and drug driving offences

Credit: John Giles/PA Wire

Dorset police have charged 78 people with drink or drug driving-related offences since the 1st June.

It's all part of the forces summer campaign that includes an increase in traffic patrols and roadside checks. Anyone charged with a drive or drug related offence before the end of the month will have their names and court appearance details released to the media.

Dorset police continue drink driving campaign

Dorset police continue drink driving campaign Credit: John Giles/PA Wire

Dorset Police are reminding people to make sure they are fit to drive the morning after drinking. It's all part of a summer campaign that will include an increase in traffic patrols and roadside checks.

They've warned anyone charged with a drive or drug related offence before the 31st July will have their names and court appearance details released to the media.

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Drink Drive warning

People could drink so much alcohol to see in the New Year that they'll be over the drink drive limit for all of New Year's Day.

That's according to a study by the AA that found one in five (21 per cent of) people plan to drink at least 10 units of alcohol this evening.

Police figures also show that in 2011, more people failed breath tests the morning after, than during the evening.

The AA says 21% of people plan to drink at least 10 units of alcohol this evening. Credit: ITV News West Country
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Charity campaigns against drink-driving this Christmas

In the run-up to Christmas, this Friday is traditionally the worst night of the year for drink driving and alcohol-related violence. Avon & Somerset Police have already arrested nearly 50 people for drink or drug driving in the first week of their Christmas crackdown.

The Road Safety charity, Brake, is running a "Not a drop, not a drag" campaign to stop people even touching a drink or taking any drugs before getting behind the wheel. Franki Hackett from the charity tells us more.

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50 arrested for drink or drug driving

Police carry out drink drive check Credit: Avon & Somerset Police

Police have arrested nearly 50 people for drink or drug driving across Avon and Somerset in the first week of the Operation Tonic Christmas campaign. Since it started on Dec 1, a total of 47 motorists who have been stopped have tested positive.

This Christmas police are asking people to shop a drink or drug driver by ringing 999 or texting the word drunk to a special number, 81819, from their mobile and giving the driver's details if they see anyone getting behind the wheel while under the influence.

Truro in top 10 for drive-drive offenders

Truro in top 10 areas for drink-driving Credit: ITV Westcountry

Truro has been ranked among the top 10 postcode areas in the country for drink-driving. Data never seen before also revealed that across Britain.

Men in their twenties are the main drink drive offenders, with scaffolders and roofers topping the list of professionals most likely to be convicted.

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