New drink-drive limit rules in England 'don't make sense'

New UK drink-drive limit rules "don't make any sense" according to road experts and traffic gurus. Doctors have called for England’s drink-driving limit to be reduced to the equivalent of a small glass of wine or beer, in a proposal supported by a number of medical and road safety organisations.

Speaking to GB News, John Kushnick, Legal Operations Director at National Accident Helpline, spoke about the recent announcement by the BMA and whether further law changes would make sense. He said: "Many alternatives are on offer now such as zero per cent, 0.5 per cent beers and alcohol-free Prosecco.

"This should mean that drivers don’t have to feel like they are missing out and can still enjoy a social drink. Banning any alcohol in the bloodstream wouldn’t make sense, and likely wouldn’t have the desired impact."

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Mr Kushnick continued, saying: "All laws require public acceptance and that can only be achieved with a sense of fairness. While people should strive to drive without having consumed any alcohol, a middle ground where drivers aren’t punished for low variances would garner the best results."

The British Medical Association (BMA) said it would lobby the next government to reduce the limit by nearly half for most people, to 50mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood, or 0.05%, and to 20mg for new and commercial drivers. Lucy Straker, a campaigns manager at Brake, said: “We are proud to be a part of this consensus calling for a reduction in the legal alcohol limit … Road death is sudden, it’s traumatic and it sends shock waves across families, communities and workplaces, and changes lives for ever.

“Every year more than 200 people die in drink-driving-related crashes, with a further 1,600 being seriously injured – with a lot of these being innocent road users who haven’t had anything to drink. All of this puts a tremendous strain on our emergency services which can be reduced by lowering the limit.”