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BMA calls for lower drink driving limit to reduce road accidents

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The BMA has called for a lower alcohol limit for drivers in a bid to reduce the number of road accidents caused by drink driving

The BMA (British Medical Association) said the alcohol limit should be reduced from 80 milligrams per 100 millilitres of blood to 50mg/100ml of blood.

It also supports a crackdown on driving while under the influence of illegal drugs to reduce road accidents.

BMA head of science and ethics, Dr Vivienne Nathanson, said: ‘The BMA will continue to lobby the government strongly to reduce the current drink driving limit. The science is clear: a 50mg limit would lower the number of road accidents, deaths and serious injuries on our roads.

‘Research suggests that illicit drugs contribute significantly to road accidents in this country.

‘It is vital that the public is educated about the dangers of drug driving and that the police are given more support, both in training and resources, so that they can tackle this dangerous issue.’

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