We have been looking into drink driving ahead of the festive period and after questioning 1,000 of our drivers, we can reveal that 90% of drivers would support the installation of breathalysers in cars in the UK to prevent drink driving.
Surveying our database, we asked ‘Would you support having breathalysers in cars to prevent drink driving/accidents caused by people under the influence?’
We found that 903 drivers agreed with breathalysers in cars and only 97 members disagreed.
The legal limit for drinking in England, Wales and Northern Ireland is 80mg of alcohol in 100ml of blood. This equates to two pints of normal-strength beer for men or a large glass of wine for women. However, Scotland holds a separate law to the rest of the UK with the limit starting at 50mg of alcohol to 100ml of blood**.
Like every crime, drink driving can result in a number of penalties. Our laws state that drivers that get caught driving under the influence can face charges including a minimum 12 month driving ban, unlimited fine and even a possible prison sentence and criminal record.
There were more than 6,000 accidents in 2016 due to drink driving in the UK, resulting in more than 9,000 causalities, 1,260 serious injuries and 240 deaths*. Breathalysers would ensure that only people who are under the limit would be able to physically drive in the UK and ultimately ensure none of these accidents occur.
At WhoCanFixMyCar.com, we think the current legislation could do more, but we want to know what you think. Please leave your details below and let us know if you think limits should be lower, penalties should be stronger, or even if there should be a zero alcohol limit!
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