Drink and Drug Driving Law

HC 460, First Report of Session 2010-11 - Report, Together with Formal Minutes, Oral and Written Evidence

House of Commons - Transport Committee
TSO (The Stationery Office)

'Drink and Drug Driving Law (HC 460)' calls for the police to be given an additional power to permit preliminary breath tests as part of any designated drink drive enforcement operation.

Current statistics show that 18% of all drivers killed in road accidents are over the drink-drive limit (in 2007, based on coronersí data), but that only approximately 3% of drivers in the UK are stopped and tested for alcohol compared to the European average of 16%.

Currently, the police may stop any vehicle but can only test the driverís breath if there is an element of suspicion. There is concern that a reduction in the blood alcohol concentration limit would send out mixed messages but that the aimed for effectively zero limit is too great a step at present.

Instead, concentration should be on stricter enforcement of the current limit and public education. It is felt that the success of Great Britainís drink driving policy to date is largely attributable to the deterrent effect of the current 12-month mandatory disqualification penalty and the Committee supports retaining that penalty.

The Committee also calls for the improvement of the detection of drug driving and to strengthen public perception about the likelihood of drug drivers being caught by the police.

The Governmentís commitment to install drug screening devices in every police station by 2012 is welcomed, though it is felt that this interim measure should not eclipse the Governmentís aim in the medium-term, to develop and type-approve a drug screening device for use at the roadside, drawing on relevant experience of doing this in the other parts of the world.

Extent 145 pages ISBN 9780215555458
Size A4 Price £17.50
Format Paperback Published 02 Dec 2010
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