Calls to reduce drink driving limits drastically as deaths rise

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    There should only be one limit which is of course Zero.

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    Completely agree.
     
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    Wasn't this mooted some time back, but the limit was set due to the body naturally producing tiny amounts of alcohol? Also, it can be present in some medicines etc?

    Could have been set at a lower level, of course....:beers:
     
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    I'm not against a lower limit, but not entirely sure that that itself is going to actually help.

    People who are causing accidents whilst driving drunk are not necessarily going to be put off doing it just because the limit is less than it is now. Yes, there will be one or two who get put off having "just the one" and taking a chance but invariably the people who are involved in accidents or who get picked up by the Police are those who are WELL over the limit.

    I don't know what the answer is, but unless there's a way of rigorously enforcing Limits (more policing, more spot checks, new technology built into cars to disable them if the Driver has been drinking etc.) I don't see that lower limits on their own will have a dramatic effect.

    And yes, the body does naturally produce alcohol, which is why for example why Airline pilots aren't subjected to zero limits.
     
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    A zero limit would mean virtually everyone that had a couple of glasses of wine the night before would fail a breathalyser.
    There may be a case for reducing the limit though to a sensible figure.
     
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    I would like to see the current 35 microgrammes per 100 millilitres of breath, reduced to something like 10mg.
    That would stop the casual attitude towards "ok i'll have just the one as i'm driving"

    noticed people don't (try) pressure me into having a drink if I make them aware i'm driving
     
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    this is a real minefield and as highlighted above it is the morning after that worries me, if i drink three pints of 4% ABV beer and have my last drink before 11.00pm i would feel happy driving at 7,00am the following morning, but if we go to a zero limit would this still be the case?

    if you go out for a session then no driving at all the next day, i know a guy that was breathalyzed at 4.00pm and he just scraped a pass and hadn't drunk anything since midnight the night before
     

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