Drink-drive casualties total 3,000

An average of 3,000 people are killed or seriously injured each year in drink-drive collisions, Government statistics have revealed.

The figures show that almost one in six deaths on Britain's roads involve drivers who are over the legal alcohol limit, which currently stands at 80mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood.

A recent survey found that 45% of people wanted a total ban on drinking and driving, with many more agreeing that the limit should be lowered.

However, the study did show that 31% of people felt the limit should not be altered, with a further 6% saying it was actually "too strict".

Of those surveyed, 6% said that the maximum penalty for killing someone while under the influence should be life imprisonment, while 14% felt that all drink-drivers should receive an automatic driving ban.

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