Drink drive limit could be lowered

The drink drive limit could be lowered as the Government plans to target people who drive under the influence of alcohol and drugs.

Ministers at the Department of Transport are mulling proposals for a new and more stringent approach to anti drink-driving policies after work was carried out on the issue by academic and Government adviser Sir Peter North.

Tory Transport Secretary Philip Hammond has picked up the baton passed on by his predecessors in the Labour administration, who were considering tough new regulations.

Among Sir Peter's recommendations include a proposal to lower the drink-drive limit by almost half, from 80mg of alcohol per 100ml to 50mg. That could be less than a single glass of wine or pint of strong beer.

Those found breaking the law would be hit with an automatic 12-month ban, the paper said. Reports have also claimed Sir Peter has called for:

:: Random breath-testing, allowing police to stop motorists with no other aim;

:: The right for drivers to demand a second breathalyser test at the police station to be removed;

:: Novice drivers to face an alcohol limit of just 20mg;

:: A new offence of driving with an illegal substance in the bloodstream at levels deemed impairing.

The Department for Transport declined to comment on the detail of Sir Peter's recommendations.

A spokeswoman said: "We need to tackle drink driving in the most effective way possible to protect law-abiding motorists.

"We are considering Sir Peter's report carefully and will respond in due course."

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