THE government has signalled that it plans to cut the drink driving limit to less than a pint of beer or a glass of wine.
Lord Adonis, the transport secretary, expects an official review of the law to recommend reducing the legal limit from 80mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood to 50mg.
The drink-drive changes — which would not require new legislation — would bring Britain into line with almost all other European countries, which have a limit of either 50mg or 20mg.
Yes, it\’s all part of a driove to \”bring us in line with Europe\”. Yes, there have indeed been discussions at EU level to make the limit the same everywhere.
The only problem of course is that this equality is going the wrong way.
You can have two methods of dealing with what I agree is a real problem. You can have a limit which clearly delineates those drunk from those not. The current couple of pints sort of level. And then back it up with serious, even draconian, penalties. Roughly the UK system at present,
You can have a much lower limit, that single glass of wine one, and much lighter penalties. Roughly the system being suggested.
We might even say that yes, everyone should be moving to the same system. OK, now the important question is, which is the best system?
Given that the UK roads are some of the safest in Europe, given that the rate of deaths caused by drunk driving is lower here than elsewhere, everyone should be adopting our system, yes? The one that reduces the problem the most?
Buit we\’re not doing that, are we?