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Cut drink-drive limit even further: charity

Environment Minister Alex Attwood has been urged to adopt a “zero tolerance” policy to drink-driving by significantly slashing the blood alcohol limit for all drivers.

That’s the view of road safety group Brake which believes the minister should go even further in proposed changes to current drink-drive levels.

The charity welcomed plans outlined by Mr Attwood yesterday to cut the blood alcohol limit from the current level of 80mg/100ml to 50mg/100ml.

There would be another, lower, limit of 20mg/100ml for young drivers and people who earn their living from driving.

Brake campaigns director Julie Townsend called, however, for the level to be dropped to 20mg for all drivers. Meanwhile, doctors have also welcomed the proposals.

Dr Paul Darragh, chairman of the British Medical Association’s Council here, said: “Reducing the blood alcohol limit to 50mg/100ml, and even less for young drivers, is a very positive step forward to help reduce the carnage on our roads.”

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