GEM backs Northern Ireland Proposal To Reduce The Drink Drive Limit

Posted on September 29th, 2011 by GEM Motoring Assist

Breakdown operators and road safety charity GEM Motoring Assist has offered its support to Alex Attwood, environment minister in Northern Ireland, who is seeking to pass a law to cut the blood alcohol limit from the current level of 80mg/100ml to 50mg/100ml. The motoring organisation believes that such a result in Northern Ireland will hopefully cut some ice with David Cameron and Nick Clegg and pave the way to reducing the allowable levels in the UK too.

David Williams MBE, Chief Executive of GEM Motoring Assist said, “The proposal to reduce the drink drive limit has long been the aim of most road
safety organisations including GEM. A full and detailed review carried out by Sir Peter North on this subject, clearly identified that a reduction of the
limit to 50mg/100ml to bring the UK into line with the rest of the EU and indeed much of the world, would save as many as 168 lives every year and prevent
thousands of injuries. Despite this overwhelming evidence the coalition Government has refused to sanction the change and has shelved Sir Peter’s

If, by whatever means, this change can be agreed in Northern Ireland, then hopefully the rest of the UK could soon follow and road safety
sense will have prevailed.”

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