Leech calls for lower drink drive limit

South Manchester Lib Dem MP John Leech has called on the government to follow Scotland’s lead and introduce a lower drink drive limit.

John, a former Brake road safety Charity MP of the year, tried to introduce the measure using a private members bill in 2013.

Research by Sir Peter North suggests that reducing the blood-alcohol limit from 80mg per 100ml to 50mg could save 168 lives within a year, effectively preventing 7% of all road deaths.

John Leech MP said today, “I support the change of law in Scotland and want England to follow. With a blood alcohol level between Scotland’s new limit of 50mg per 100ml and the current English limit of 80mg per 100ml, a driver has a six times greater risk of road death than a non-drinking driver.”

John added, “I have written to transport ministers today urging a change in the law, and asking them to monitor the new policy in Scotland closely. Research shows a cut to Scotland’s new Drink Drive limit could save 168 road deaths a year.”

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