MP urges cut in drink drive limit

A Lib Dem MP has introduced a Bill to reduce the drink drive limit following the death of two young constituents.

Cassie McCord, 16, and 14-year-old Jordan Bell died in separate road incidents. Bob Russell told the Commons their "lives were cruelly taken" and action is needed to prevent more deaths of innocent people.

A major review by Sir Peter North called for a reduction in the drink drive limit, and Mr Russell, the MP for Colchester, said his Bill would bring that recommendation into force.

His Bill would cut the limit from 80mg per 100ml of blood to 50mg. Police would also get new powers to suspend a motorist's driving licence pending consideration of their driving capability - on top of officers' existing powers to check drivers have the necessary MOT andcar insurancein place.

MPs from all parties backed Mr Russell's Road Safety (No2)' Bill but it is unlikely to come into force because Parliament will run out of time to debate it.

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