Government launches review into drink and drug driving laws
NEW ROAD road safety legislation announced yesterday could reduce the drink-drive limit to the equivalent of one pint of beer, or half a glass of wine.The plans, announced by Transport Secretary Lord Adonis, could also see the implementation of a new drug-drive limit. The current drink limit is 80mg of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood. Exceeding the limit incurs an automatic 12-month driving ban. “To reduce drink and drug-driving accidents, there may be a case for further strengthening the law,” said Lord Adonis. “I have appointed Sir Peter North to provide me with independent advice on lowering the drink-drive limit and tackling drug-driving through a new offence.”Sir Peter will report his findings to Lord Adonis by the end of March.
I am still gob smacked as to why there is an "acceptable" limit of alcohol you can have before its classed as illegal.
If your gonna drink, even 1pint, then you dont drive.
the limit should be "Nil"
Posted: 09/01/2010 at 02:32
What if you drink the night before then drive thee following afternoon, you could theoretically still be over the limit.
Posted: 09/01/2010 at 09:57
Posted: 09/01/2010 at 10:24
more tan 90% of people have unknowingly driven with some alcohol in their system.
Hence you need a limit that allows for this.
Or you would have to ban drinking
Posted: 09/01/2010 at 12:16
Posted: 09/01/2010 at 13:19
Has anyone done a breath test after using mouthwash?
It sends it off the scale as it contains ethanol (pure alcohol).
Posted: 09/01/2010 at 13:53
Or a chocolate liqueur, or a nice bit of Christmas Pudding, both of these will have some alcohol in them.
Absolutes in any law make them very unpopular.
Not sure why they need to reduce the drink drive limit anyway, it seems to me that most drivers are pretty sensible now and the penalties are pretty huge, so avoid doing it. Those caught are usually 2 or 3 times limit, so a reduction in the limit wouldn't stop them, as they're the hardcore minority.
Still, if it gets them focussing on something other than the current obsession wth speed then I'm all for it.
Posted: 09/01/2010 at 14:13
Posted: 10/01/2010 at 21:59
They're trying to do the same shit here in NZ - lowering from .o8 to.o5. It will bring us into line with Australia, which seems to be the limit of anyone's horizons here.Did you know that the UK has the safest roads in the world? Usually fights for that title with Swede. Yet the UK has a .08 limit. Australia has a lousy record, but apparently we should learn from them , not the UK.
The real drink-drive menace we have in NZ is people who are massively over the existing limit, particularly recidivists. But teh police donlt want to take them on becase many of them are thugs and crims. They'd rather nick nice middle class folk who pay their fines by making what was legal and reseponsible yesterday a 'crime' tomorrow. It will of course do absolutely nothing to address the real problem. Resist it. Some of us are trying to do so here - at least we now have a government that is inclined to listen. You'll be a few months away from that, won;t ya?
Posted: 11/01/2010 at 04:44
Bureaucrats need more legislation because they hold on to their jobs by the creation and enforcement of rules which nobody needs or wants.
This would be a great area for the government to make some spending cuts.
R1 Loon and Kiwiburger are right. It's the hardcore that's the real menace and they won't change.
Posted: 11/01/2010 at 12:21
jimlin wrote (see)
Bureaucrats need more legislation because they hold on to their jobs by the creation and enforcement of rules which nobody needs or wants.This would be a great area for the government to make some spending cuts.R1 Loon and Kiwiburger are right. It's the hardcore that's the real menace and they won't change.
The same applies with speeding and deaths etc
lowering the national speed limit from 60 - 50 on single laned roads is madness.
its the twats doing 130 on roads they dont know - round blind bends etc that are getting killed
so how does loweering the speed limit help?????
Posted: 11/01/2010 at 21:44
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