Driving under Influence: Deaths

Department for Transport written question – answered at on 7 October 2019.

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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, what recent steps his Department has taken to help reduce the number of deaths caused by driving under the influence of alcohol.

Photo of George Freeman George Freeman Minister of State (Department for Transport)

The Government is committed to preventing people from driving under the influence of alcohol. We employ a combined approach of tough penalties and rigorous enforcement along with our highly respected and effective THINK! campaigns to reinforce the social unacceptability of drink driving and to remind people of the serious ramifications of drink driving on themselves and others.

The Department has also taken some important steps to tighten drink driving legislation. We have made it a requirement for high-risk offenders to undertake medical tests before they are allowed to drive again, and we have also made sure that drivers over the breath limit cannot escape a conviction by demanding a further blood or urine test.

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