Failed Attempt to Lower the Drink-driving Limit in the UK says Pubs-UK.com

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In light of recent reports of drink driving incidents throughout the nation, Pubs-UK.com publishes an article recalling the last attempt to lower the drink-driving limit in the United Kingdom. It discusses the potential of such recourse and the previous decision to deny it.

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As drink-driving reports become more frequent, people tend to speculate on possible solutions to this problem. There are those who think that the drink-drive limit should be lowered; there are those who urge the lawmakers to make the penalty more severe; and there are those who propose the extreme recourse of an era of prohibition being imposed. For this reason, Pubs-UK.com, a beer-drinking-related website, decided to revisit a previous attempt to lower the drink-driving limit in the United Kingdom. The website currently features an article discussing the points raised in the move to lower the limit and the reasons for the subsequent decision to deny it.

John Lawrence of Pubs-UK.com states, “Pubs-UK.com believes in responsible drinking and it would be great to be part of a solution to this persistent problem.” He adds, “Our love affair with the bottle has long been acknowledged, but it really shouldn’t extend to the point of endangering one’s life and other people’s lives.”

The website clearly does more than publish beer-related facts. The article “Law to Lower Drink-driving Limit Ditched” runs through statistics, and looking at the numbers, readers would not be able to help being alarmed. Its main thrust is the question of lowering the drink-drive limit from 80 mg per 100 ml of blood to 50 mg as a possible solution. When this was taken up a few years back, then Secretary of Transport Philip Hammond himself saw no correlation between the drink-drive limit and the number of offenders. Many agreed, looking to the situation in France for their rationale. The article relates, “In France, more than 27 percent of all drink-driving accidents lead to casualties, despite the implementation of the 50mg limit, as compared to the UK’s 17 percent casualty average.”

“A worse penalty may work,” Lawrence muses. “However, a recent incident in Ipswich shows how some people can really be incorrigible.” He refers to a drink-driver caught in the same offense for the seventh time. He is now effectively banned from the road for 9 years.

“It’s that some people just don’t realize the gravity of drink-driving as an offense,” says Lawrence. “Another recent offender in Bolton complained about being treated like a ‘criminal’. We all know the potential for damage to property and human lives that drink-driving can cause.”

Pubs-UK.com goes beyond random beer facts in raising this important issue once again, hopefully bringing it to people’s attention that a solution to the problem is in order.

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