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Some reasons for lowering the legal drink-drive limit in Britain

Allsop, RE; (2005) Some reasons for lowering the legal drink-drive limit in Britain. (CTS Working Papers ). UCL (University College London), Centre for Transport Studies, UCL (University College London): London. Green open access

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The current legal limit on drivers? blood alcohol content was set at 80mg/100ml nearly 40years ago and there are now only two other Member States of the European Union, both ofthem small countries, with limits higher than 50mg/100ml. Deaths from drink driving inGreat Britain stopped falling 10 years ago, and show signs of rising. The reasons for thesetting of the current limit in 1967 and changes since then are discussed, and a fresh look istaken at the likely annual reduction in deaths on the road in Great Britain if the limit herewere lowered to 50mg/100ml. Lowering the limit is seen not as a measure to be taken inisolation, but as part of a substantial initiative to resume and sustain a clear downwardtrend in death and injury resulting from the avoidable excess risk of driving after drinking.

Title:Some reasons for lowering the legal drink-drive limit in Britain
Open access status:An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Additional information:Imported via OAI, 7:29:01 8th Dec 2005
Keywords:road safety, drink driving, legal limit
UCL classification:UCL > School of BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering

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