22016Nov

Supporting lowering the Drink-drive limit

It is alarming that whilst great improvements in road safety have been achieved in recent decades, progress on drink driving has ground to a halt. Since 2010, statistics have remained the same, with 240 deaths and more than 8,000 casualties caused by drink driving each year.

I support the lowering of our drink drive limit to 50 mg alcohol/100ml blood.  This would reduce drink driving deaths by at least 10%. This measure has overwhelming support from the public (77% in favour) and a broad range of road safety groups, emergency service bodies and motoring associations.

Please see below for my letter I wrote in support of this measure to the Department for Transport.

Andrew Jones MP
Department for Transport
Great Minster House
33 Horseferry Road
London
SW1P 4DR

13th October 2016

I am writing with my concern that whilst great improvements in road safety have been achieved in recent decades, progress on stopping drink driving casualties and deaths seems to have not have similarly improved. It is alarming that since 2010, statistics have remained the same, with 240 deaths and more than 8,000 casualties caused by drink driving each year.

I do believe that more action is needed to save lives and improve safety on our roads.  I would therefore be grateful if you would consider launching a consultation or making an assessment on the benefits for lowering the drink driving limit.  In particular I understand that a number of groups support the lowering of the drink drive limit to 50 mg alcohol/100ml blood.

Thank you for giving this matter your consideration.

Yours sincerely,

Michelle Donelan MP

Letter from Michelle Donelan to Department for Transport