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Tougher drink drive rules are planned

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Just one pint could put drivers over the drink drive limit under tough new rules being considered by the Government. 

The more rigorous controls on drink driving, which came to light this week, would bring Britain in line with many other European countries.

If the proposals became law, the limit would be reduced from 80milligrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood to 50mg per 100ml.

This would prevent a driver from getting back behind the wheel after a solitary pint of strong lager or large glass of wine.

Tracey Crouch, who chairs the All Parliamentary Group on Alcohol Misuse, explained to the Daily Express why the plans had been put forward.

“We have one of the highest alcohol driving limits in the world. We have seen drink driving accidents increase over the past two years and we want to start by targeting young drivers who are more likely to be involved in a fatal collision than older drivers.”

The reduced limit is one of many measures being drawn up to tackle the “national crisis” of problem drinking.

Other proposals include more stringent restrictions on alcohol advertising, mandatory minimum pricing and a possible ban on drinks companies sponsoring sporting events.

At Lester Morrill we are experienced in handling cases related to drink driving and through our experience we will look to identify weaknesses in the prosecution’s case, as well as advising you on mitigating circumstances which may help to avoid disqualification.