Figures published today for road casualties in 2012 show a 25 per cent increase in deaths involving drink driving since 2011. This has prompted calls for the introduction of random breath tests and a lower drink-drive limit by road safety groups.
Under the current system, the police can stop any driver for any reason, but they cannot require a breath test without a suspicion that the driver has consumed alcohol, or has committed a traffic offence or been involved in an accident.
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents have called on the Government to lower the legal limit from 80mg of alcohol per 100ml to 50mg per 100ml blood with the head of road safety Kevin Clinton highlighting the this lower limit will save many lives each year and that effective enforcement of the law is essential.
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