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Top policeman supports changes to drink drive laws

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A senior police officer this month called for a comprehensive review of the drink drive limit across England and Wales.

Tim Madgwick, who is the Deputy Chief Constable for North Yorkshire Police, has argued that cutting the limit could save lives and also improve the nation’s road safety record.

The force is among those to have recorded an increase in the number of motorists being arrested for drink and drug driving offences during their recent summer crackdown.

Dept Chief Constable Madgwick said: “Over the last few years I have consistently called for a further reduction in the drink drive limit in this country.

“Throughout my police service, since the 1980s, we have seen significant reductions in the number of people killed and seriously injured on our roads, with many people being saved as a result.

“Further legislation and cultural change has meant it is now significantly safer to drive a motor vehicle on our roads than at any point in the last 30 years. However, that does not mean that it isn’t now time to reflect on how we could further enhance road safety at a time when we have seen a plateauing of reductions in terms of fatalities and serious injuries.”

The officer has said that Westminster should consider its position following the decision by the Scottish government to reduce its drink drive limit.

He pointed out that England and Wales is now the only part of Europe, other than Malta, with the more generous limit of 80mg per 100ml still in force.

“One would have to question the rationale for that,” he said.

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