GEM comments on today’s news from the DfT
GEM Motoring Assist comments on today’s news from the Department for Transport that shows an increase in the number of people killed in crashes where one driver was over the drink drive limit.
The estimate is 250, an increase of nine per cent up from 230 in 2016, and the highest level for a decade. The number of total crashes involving a drink driver is however estimated to have fallen by 6% to 5,700, down from 6,070 in 2016.
GEM road safety officer Neil Worth said:
It is very disturbing that there has been an increase in the number of people killed in drink drive collisions. We know that to detect and deter drink drivers -as with all high-risk offenders – there needs to be adequate enforcement. But roads policing officer numbers have reduced considerably.
So we call on the government to:
• reduce the drink drive limit from 80 to 50 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood
• accelerate type approval for long-overdue roadside evidential breath test equipment
• re-energise information for drivers and riders
• Ensure there are enough police officers patrolling our roads to provide a realistic deterrent for those who currently think drink driving is worth the risk because they’re so unlikely to be caught.
In 2014 there were 27 percent fewer officers in England and Wales than in 2010, and reductions have continued. It is our view that these cuts have been detrimental to road safety.
This is why we are using a grant from the GEM Road Safety Charity to work with the Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety (PACTS) on proving a link between these cuts and the stagnation in casualty reduction since 2012.
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