MPs call for drink drive limit cut

A report from the House of Commons Transport Committee says the current drink-drive limit should be lowered, roadside breath test devices should be approved and there should be tougher penalties for alcohol-related offences.

In a repeat of earlier calls, the committee also said there should be restrictions on young drivers carrying teenage passengers between 11pm and 5am and added there should be more 20mph speed limits.

Included in the latest document are proposals to establish a road safety commission and a new road accident investigation branch.

However, the committee said it did not believe there should be a mandatory retesting of drivers above a certain age.

It expressed particular concern over the high accident rates among male drivers, younger drivers and on rural roads. It was also deeply concerned about the continuing links between poverty and road deaths.

The report added: "It is imperative that the Home Office gives much higher priority to enforcement of drink-drive and drug-drive offences."

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