Road safety charity IAM RoadSmart has called on the government to place making progress on the reduction of alcohol-related deaths on roads across England and Wales as a far greater priority in the years ahead.
The body's calls have come in light of the release of new data from the Department for Transport, which showed a provisional estimate of 220 fatalities and 1,380 serious injuries directly linked to alcohol in 2015. It marks a two per cent increase from 2014.
Responding to the data, IAM RoadSmart director of policy and research Neil Greig said England and Wales must now follow the lead of Scotland and reduce the legal alcohol limit, while at the same time increasing the level of high-visibility policing on the nation's roads.
"The government should introduce a lower limit in England and Wales," he argued. "It won't eradicate the problem completely but it will deliver a small but significant decrease in drink-drive casualties and underline the clear message that driving and drinking don't mix."
Recent years have seen little change in the number of alcohol-related deaths and injuries in England and Wales. IAM therefore believes action is now needed to end this lack of progress.
Natalie Brinkley, brand manager at Fuel Card Services, adds: "Drink-driving is a blight on society and its impact can be huge. More therefore needs to be done to increase education around this dangerous behaviour and to punish those who break the law in this regard."
Posted on 3rd February 2017
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