Drink driving is still a common problem on the roads in Britain with casualties still in the thousands.
Figures released by the Department for Transport (DfT) revealed that an estimated 9,040 casualties as a result of drink driving in 2016.
Of these, there were 1,260 serious injuries and 240 deaths which is the second highest number since 2012. In fact, there was a seven per cent in casualties from the previous year.
New research has revealed that 90 per cent of the British public would support breathalysers being installed in cars to prevent drink driving.
Of the 1,000 surveyed a whopping 903 backed the proposal as they believe it could slash accidents.
WhoCanFixMyCar.com, who conducted the research, also question the current severity of punishments for drink driving.
Laws state that drivers that get caught driving under the influence can face a multitude of fines and charges including a minimum 12 month driving ban, unlimited fine and even a possible prison sentence and criminal record.
The legal limit for drinking in England, Wales and Northern Ireland is 80mg of alcohol in 100ml of blood.
Scotland has a separate, more stringent limit to the rest of the UK, at 50mg of alcohol to 100ml of blood.
Al Preston, co-founder of WhoCanFixMyCar.com, said, “With Christmas on the horizon, social drinking sees an increase around this time of year and ultimately this increases the risk of drink driving on UK roads.
“We were interested to see from our database who would agree with car breathalysers, deciding if drivers are fit to drive or not.
“Although we were expecting to see a positive response, we were amazed to see just how many drivers would like to see the devices put in place in the UK – with over 90% of our database having a positive reaction!”
Devices like this are already used in other countries such as Sweden, US and coaches in France in certain areas.
Alcohol interlocks became compulsory for high-level offenders in Belgium as of July.
Detective Inspector Andy Crowe, who is leading the trial, said at the time: “This really is an innovative project which is a first for the UK, and will hopefully help us identify and deal with potential drink drivers before they even get behind the wheel.
“A number of offenders in our area have a problematic relationship with alcohol and we hope, as part of a wider programme, this will help them address their issues.
“By identifying those liable to drink and drive, hopefully, we can prevent them from making that potentially fatal mistake.”
Published at Tue, 04 Dec 2018 16:32:00 +0000