The Daily Telegraph has learned that Coalition ministers are studying proposals to cut the drink-drive limit for the first time in a generation.
Under the plans, the limit would fall from 80mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood to 50mg. Anyone caught above the new limit would face an automatic 12-month driving ban, even if they were only marginally over the threshold.
In essence, Sir Peter has simply laboured to procide a justification for what the EU is trying to insist that we do anyway. As I pointed out here, we actually have the safest roads in Europe anyway.
And part of the reason is that while we have a comparatively high drink drive limit we have severe penalties for those who go over it. Rather than the lower limits but milder punishments elsewhere.
Further, we\’ve spent a very hard 40 years getting the basic acceptance of almost all of society that the current limit is \”reasonable\”. Move to a lower limit but with the still harsh punishments and I\’ve no doubt that it will be regarded as unreasonable.
But then what does that matter? As I\’m sure Richard will be pointing out again this has all been planned from Brussels anyway. Sir Peter is simply a fig leaf for a decision that is being imposed.