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Bid to cut drink-drive limit by almost half

6 June 2010

The Daily Telegraph (4 June) . In his report to The Secretary of State, Sir Peter North has recommended  that the drink-drive limit should fall from 80mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood to 50mg.

The report also suggests that Sir Peter has urged ministers to consider an even lower limit for novice drivers of 20mg for the first five years after passing their test, but that this be delayed until five years after the introduction of the 50mg limit for all drivers. Other reported proposals include random breath testing, giving the police the right to stop motorists at any time, and lifetime bans for high risk offenders. A “drug driving” law could create an offence of getting behind the wheel with an illegal substance in the bloodstream at levels that could be deemed impairing.

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