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Report offers suggestions to improve road safety

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Alcohol is the single biggest cause of impairment for motorists, according to research published this week.

The Fit to Drive report was produced using data collated by Leeds University and University College London and examined the factors which are most likely to affect people’s fitness to drive.

The academics who compiled the information recommended that the drink-drive limit be reduced to 50mg/100ml across England and Wales – arguing that such a move could save as many as 25 lives a year.

There was also a call for greater use of Alcolock devices, a type of hand-held breathalyser which disables an individual’s vehicle if they are found to be over the legal limit.

While drink-driving is seen as the single biggest danger, the report also highlighted the risks of getting behind the wheel when fatigued.

It recommended that road planners thought about using “design treatments” to help break up the boredom of long-distance travel.

David Davies, executive director of the Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety, said: “The Government has recently published its road safety statement reaffirming its aims to reduce death and injury on the road.

“This report highlights where improvements are to be made and we hope that all relevant departments and agencies collaborate to act on its recommendations.”

If you are facing drink-driving charges, it is important to seek legal advice at the earliest opportunity to ensure the best possible representation. For further details about how Lester Morrill’s road traffic team can help you, please contact us.

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