The drink driving limit is there to protect us all from drinking whilst under the influence of alcohol, which can slow reaction times and lead to impaired judgement, increasing the risk of accidents occurring. But are we all aware of the drink driving limit? Accident Advice Helpline recently conducted a survey to show the public opinion of drinking driving limit, and the results are in. We all have pretty different opinions, and it seems like more education on the limits and changes are needed, if we’re to reduce the 3000+ deaths and serious injuries caused by drink driving on the UK’s roads each year.
What’s your opinion on the limit?
We asked people if the limit should be lowered in a bid to assess public opinion of drink driving limit, and here’s what they said:
- 44.7% of those surveyed said there should be a zero tolerance policy for drinking and driving
- 49.1% of people said they thought the limit should be lowered or for it to stay the same
- Only 6.3% of people thought the limit was too low and that it should be increased
However, when it came to the public opinion of drink driving limit, the survey revealed that not everybody in England and Wales is aware of what the limit actually is. It’s actually 80mg of alcohol/100ml of blood. Only 12.7% of those who took part in the survey got this right. 49% of people thought that it was much lower – 40mg/100ml of blood. The amount of drinks you can have before you’re over the limit varies from person to person too, and across the genders, with men processing alcohol more quickly than women. 41% of those surveyed thought that drinking two pints of beer, two pints of cider or one Long Island iced tea wouldn’t put them over the limit. They were wrong – for most people this would tip them over the limit when breathalysed.
Injuries sustained in a drink driving accident
If you’ve been injured in a drink driving accident, you may be lucky enough to escape with relatively minor injuries such as whiplash or cuts and bruises. But if you’re injured in a high-speed collision, or if you are a pedestrian who’s been hit by a driver who’s over the limit, you could suffer serious crush injuries, head injuries (including a brain injury) or even be killed. If you’ve been injured in a drink driving accident that was somebody else’s fault, call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500. It’s free to call and our lawyers work on a 100% no win, no fee* basis to get you the compensation you deserve.
Date Published: May 3, 2016
Author: Paula Beaton