GEM responds to increase in drink-drive fatalities

Written by Ellie

New figures published by the Department for Transport have highlighted an increase in the number of people killed on the UK’s roads as a result of drink-driving.

Responding to the data, GEM Motoring Assist believes more now needs to be done to tackle this blight on society.

GEM calls for change

Overall, the latest government data estimates a total of 250 people lost their lives last year in incidents where one driver was over the legal alcohol limit. This represents a nine per cent increase from 2016.

GEM road safety officer Neil Worth said: “It is very disturbing that there has been an increase in the number of people killed in drink-drive collisions.

“We know that to detect and deter drink-drivers – as with all high-risk offenders – there needs to be adequate enforcement. But roads policing officer numbers have reduced considerably.”

As such, GEM is calling for a reduction in the legal limit from 80 to 50 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood, as well as reinvigorating campaigns to highlight the dangers of alcohol and investing in more officers to patrol and police the problem up and down the country.

It is hoped that by taking a much tougher and direct stance on drink-driving, future years will see a welcome decrease in deaths.

Jenny Smith, general manager for Tele-Gence, commented: “Drinking and driving is never something to be proud of. Motorists who get behind the wheel of a vehicle after consuming alcohol run the risk of killing themselves or others.”

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Posted on 29th August 2019

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