Tough new rules on drink driving

On Monday it is expected tough new rules on drink driving will be proposed in Parliament, with the plan to bring legislation in tune with that of Europe. The All Party Parliamentary Committee on Alcohol Misuse is expected to introduce a host of new measures aimed at tacking what has been described as a “pandemic” nationwide. Such measures will include educating drivers – particularly young ones under 21 – of the risks of drink driving, in a similar way to the messages found warning smokers of cancer and other health hazards.

The group also wants tighter rules around alcohol advertising, in addition to a ban on alcohol firms sponsoring sports clubs. Tracey Crouch, the group’s chair, commented: “We have one of the highest alcohol driving limits in the world. We have seen drink-driving accidents increase over the past two years and we want to start by targeting younger drivers who are more likely to be involved in a fatal collision than older drivers”.

The proposals would include a new blood alcohol limit that will be reduced from 80 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood, to 50 milligrams per 100 millilitres. This would start off by being applied to drivers under the age of 21.

Also, there has been a long going issue of calorie content not being detailed clearly enough on alcoholic drinks. It is likely this will be changed, as well as a potential minimum unit price of alcohol that supermarkets can sell alcoholic beverages at.

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