9 in 10 drivers want in-car breathalysers

9 in 10 drivers want in-car breathalysers
The overwhelming majority of UK drivers would back plans to install breathalysers in cars to eradicate drink driving, a new survey reveals.

In total, 90% support the idea – which would see the breath tests act as immobilisers and prevent over-the-limit drivers from starting their vehicles.

With Christmas party season upon us, road safety campaigners will take comfort in the strength of support for innovative ways of tackling illegal drink-driving.

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The RAC Report on Motoring 2018 found that drink-driving is a concern for 27% of drivers, ranking as the fifth-highest concern – up from eighth last year.

Despite these concerns, Department for Transport (DfT) figures suggest 9,040 people were either killed or injured in drink-related road collisions in 2016 alone.

The festive period is a busy one for the enforcement of drink-drinking laws, with police forces breathalysing over 90,000 motorists last December.

Speaking in 2017, RAC road safety spokesman Pete Williams said anyone choosing to drink before getting behind the wheel “may just be about to ruin someone else’s Christmas, as well as their own.”

He added: “The dangers of drink-driving are truly horrific and should never be underestimated. Never have the words ‘it’s better to be safe than sorry’ been more appropriate.”

Joshua Harris, director of campaigns at road safety charity Brake, has called on the government to do more to tackle drink driving.

Speaking earlier this year, he said: “Research has shown even very small amounts of alcohol dramatically affect safe driving - drivers with levels of alcohol in their blood just half the current legal limit are at least twice more likely to die in a crash than those with no alcohol at all.

“Brake is calling for the Government to implement an effective zero tolerance drink-drive limit of 20mg per 100ml of blood, making clear to drivers that not a drop of alcohol is safe.”

The study, carried out by mechanics website WhoCanFixMyCar.com, surveyed 1,000 drivers on how to prevent drink-driving.

Copyright Press Association 2018. Motoring News articles do not reflect the RAC's views unless clearly stated.

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