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Police chief calls for drink-drive limit to be lowered

A senior police officer in North Yorkshire has called for a further review of the drink-drive limit across the country.

Tim Madgwick, deputy chief constable at North Yorkshire Police, says lowering the limit of alcohol consumption would not only significantly save lives but also enhance road safety.

The force has seen an increase in the number of people arrested for drink and drug driving offences this summer.

He said: "Over the last few years I have consistently called for a further reduction in the drink drive limit in this country. Throughout my police service, since the 1980s, we have seen significant reductions in the number of people killed and seriously injured on our roads, with many people being saved as a result."

Over the last few years I have consistently called for a further reduction in the drink drive limit in this country. Throughout my police service, since the 1980s, we have seen significant reductions in the number of people killed and seriously injured on our roads, with many people being saved as a result.

Further legislation and cultural change has meant it is now significantly safer to drive a motor vehicle on our roads than at any point in the last 30 years. However, that does not mean that it isn’t now time to reflect on how we could further enhance road safety at a time when we have seen a plateauing of reductions in terms of fatalities and serious injuries.

In recent years we have seen Scotland reduce drink drive limits and we now stand as the only country in Europe, alongside Malta, with the higher limit of 80mg per 100ml. One would have to question the rationale for that.

One explanation I have been given in the past is that Government wants us to concentrate on more serious offending; I would question what could be more serious than someone suffering a fatality as a result of an individual who is under the drink drive limit but whose driving is significantly impaired.

Is it not time for us to review and reduce the limit, and ensure that we can spare 25 families the distress of grieving for a loved one who potentially could have been saved, let alone the 100 families who would be spared from having to go through the support and trauma linked to serious injury on the roads?

– Deputy Chief Constable Tim Madgwick