Driving under Influence

Department for Transport written question – answered on 13th November 2018.

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Photo of Jim Shannon Jim Shannon Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Human Rights), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 17 October 2018 to Question 177313 on Driving under Influence, and with reference to the 2017 Institute of Alcohol Studies report Running on empty: Drink driving law enforcement in England which found that the number of breath tests performed reduced by one quarter between 2011 and 2015, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of rigorous enforcement and serious penalties for drink drivers.

Photo of Jesse Norman Jesse Norman Minister of State (Department for Transport)

The Government has already introduced further measures to tackle drink drivers. Since 2015, repeat drink drivers must medically prove they are not alcohol dependent before getting their licence back, and the right to blood testing was removed for drivers who narrowly fail breathalyser tests. A £350,000 competition announced in June to develop a new mobile breathalyser for the police has also been completed and winning entries are currently undergoing testing.

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