UKIP opposed to harmonising drink driving limits with the rest of Europe

Published Feb 10, 2016

Nigel_Twitter.jpegThe drink-driving limit in England and Wales could be slashed by a third - making it illegal to drive after just one pint of beer or a glass of wine, it has been suggested. Transport Minister Andrew Jones has suggested Westminster could follow the example of Scotland which lowered the limit from 80mg per 100ml of blood to 50mg in 2014. The new limit is equivalent to a pint of beer or a large glass of wine for men and half a pint or a small glass for women.

UKIP Leader Nigel Farage: “I am completely opposed to harmonising drink driving limits with the rest of Europe. They have much lower penalties than we do.

"It's clear that a combination of lower limits and higher penalties will lead to the closure of thousands more pubs in villages and small towns across the country. Everybody knows that drink driving is dangerous but this draconian act will have huge adverse social implications."

UKIP Transport Spokesman Jill Seymour MEP added: "Drink driving casualties have been falling for a number of years as a result of improved detection and enforcement at the current limit."

"Enforcing the current limit is a far more effective way of reducing casualties, than fiddling with the goal posts to satisfy European and external objectives."

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