Calls for drink drive limit to be slashed
A chief constable today called for the legal drink-drive limit to be reduced as new figures showed motorists continued to flout the rules during Christmas and New Year.
The number of drink-drivers in the west of Scotland hit a three year high with 321 caught in the seasonal crackdown, as revealed in last night's Evening Times. Now Richard Brunstrom, of the Association of Chief Police Officers, said: "It is my strong belief that it is time the Government followed the European Commission Recommendation that the blood alcohol limit be lowered from 80mg to 50mg."
Yesterday 13-year-old John Smee of Salford, Greater Manchester, was locked up for four months after he became the youngest person ever to be convicted of drink driving. This year's UK figures show that, out of 11,685 breath tests carried out between December 18 and January 2 following collisions, 1022 were positive.