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New calls to toughen up drink drive laws

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Road safety charity Brake has reiterated calls for a zero-tolerance approach to drink-driving, after figures revealed that too many motorists were still breaking the law.

Government statistics released last week show that 240 people were killed by drivers over the legal limit in 2013, with provisional figures suggesting that there were a similar number of fatalities last year.

The same figures indicate the number of people being seriously injured has fallen slightly – although Brake maintain that a change in attitudes is needed if the number of incidents is to be reduced by any considerable amount.

The charity has also drawn attention to the fact that, despite a number of high-profile campaigns, the profile of drink drivers is mostly unchanged. Of those involved in collisions, a significant proportion are still young men.

Julie Townsend, Brake’s deputy chief executive, said: “While the overall reduction in drink-drive casualties is encouraging, it is sad and disappointing to learn that the number of deaths has remained the same – as it has approximately since the Government axed road casualty reduction targets in 2010.

“Education on drink-driving is important, but it can only achieve so much. It seems we have reached a point where further meaningful reductions in devastating and needless drink-drive deaths and serious injuries require more decisive action.”

Campaigners have called for the drink-drive limit to be reduced in England and Wales to bring it in line with the level already in place in large parts of Europe. Changes to the way road traffic police operate have also been suggested.

Lester Morrill’s road traffic team has wide-reaching experience representing those facing drink-drive charges. For more details about how our Leeds-based solicitors can help you, please contact us.