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Drink-Driving

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport – in the House of Commons at 10:30 am on 18th March 2010.

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Photo of John Leech John Leech Shadow Minister (Transport) 10:30 am, 18th March 2010

What progress has been made on his plans to reduce the blood alcohol limit for driving from 80 mg to 50 mg.

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Photo of Paul Clark Paul Clark Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Transport

My noble Friend the Secretary of State announced in December that we had asked Sir Peter North to undertake an independent review of drink and drug-driving legislation. The review is examining options for changes to the legal alcohol limit for drivers. Sir Peter has been asked to report initial findings by the end of March. We will then consult on his findings before finalising and publishing the post-2010 road safety strategy.

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Photo of John Leech John Leech Shadow Minister (Transport)

Will the Minister assure the House that if the drink-drive limit is reduced from 80 mg to 50 mg, a mandatory driving ban will be in place for drivers found guilty of being over the limit between the new and the old limit?

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Photo of Paul Clark Paul Clark Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Transport

I will not prejudge Sir Peter North's report, but we will certainly take on board his recommendations on whether there should be a new lower limit in tandem with the current limit and whether penalties should be revised. I am determined to ensure that the 430 deaths recorded in the 2008 statistics as a result of drink-driving are reduced still further and that we continue the successes that there have been in improving our road safety.

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