Wednesday, 26 September 2018

None for the road, says Brake

ROAD safety charity Brake is calling on drivers to commit to staying stone cold sober if driving home from Christmas

ROAD safety charity Brake is calling on drivers to commit to staying stone cold sober if driving home from Christmas festivities with their motto “Not a drop, not a drag”.

Alternatively, the charity says, you should plan to get home by taxi or public transport in order to prevent devastating casualties.

The call comes as the Association of Chief Police Officers’ annual drink and drug driving enforcement campaign kicks off. The month-long campaign sees forces across England and Wales stepping up checks to catch drivers risking lives over the festive season.

In 2012, 280 people were killed (one in six road deaths) and 1,210 were seriously injured in crashes involving someone over the limit.

It is estimated that a further 65 deaths are caused annually by drivers who have been drinking but are under the limit. Drug driving, meanwhile, is estimated to cause 200 deaths each year.

Brake is also renewing calls for a zero tolerance drink drive limit of 20mg alcohol per 100ml blood, in line with evidence that even one drink dramatically increases crash risk, and to send a clear message it should be “none for the road”.

A blood alcohol level of 20 to 50mg increases your likelihood of crashing three-fold.

The current limit is 80mg, but Scotland and Northern Ireland have announced plans to lower their limits to 50mg.

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