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RCN considers 0% alcohol limit for driving


The Royal College of Nursing council will consider whether to adopt a 0% alcohol limit for driving.

A motion was put by the Cambrigeshire branch today (28/4) and was moved to the council after points of order were raised at the mid-day session.

David Wilkinson, voting member and chair of the Medway branch, said: “The figures for drink-driving are horrifying and quite avoidable. Who knows what is the safe limit? Surely nothing is the safe limit. Onde person killed or seriously injured as a result of drink-driving is one person too many.”

But the motion was opposed by David Brown, a voting member from Essex.

He told delegates: “Beer and traffic don’t mix but a zero per cent limit is unrealistic. A single trifle or mouthwash in the morning could put you over the limit.”

The RCN Council will consider the motion in consultation with its clinical leads.


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  • Police Offficers should not be taking breath tests from people that have consumed alcohol in the previous 20 minutes, to allow mouth alcohol to disperse. so that clears up the mouthwash myth. The alcohol in beverages is ethanol with a boiling point of around 78.3c so alcohol added to a trifle would generally evaporate with the introduction of boiling water to the jelly, any alcohol remaining would be at trace levels and it is unlikely that you could consume sufficient to affect your behaviour or an intoximeter even if you went straight to your car after eating a trifle, however there would normally be a period during which the alcohol consumed in a trifle would be processed. Bit of a lame argument really.
    Zero alcohol is the only way, if you drink you DON'T drive - end of.....

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  • whats the RCN doing now, "adopting a 0% alcohol limit for driving", whats the point, campaign for it if you want to waste your time but it will never come into law. trifle and mouth wash are bad examples but there are other reasons small amounts of alcohol may be present.

    I usually find that people who put forward such unworkable plans have a personal agenda. Do something useful RCN.

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  • I agree with the above comments especially regarding do something useful RCN.
    In all my years of Nursing I have seriously questioned in my mind the role of The RCN and their use of members funds.I used to believe in the need for a professional body hence joining the RCN,however over the latter years I have considered subscibing to other Unions.

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  • john warwick

    just another stupid idea from the RCN who are out of touch with reality, just like they are on wages. The RCN should not waste time and money on something they have no control over that is why we have an election and elect MPs. wake up and join the real world

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