New driving laws: Campaigners call for a ‘smart package of measures’ for drivers

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Experts at IAM RoadSmart have called for “extra penalties” as part of a more “joined-up approach” to deal with drink-driving offences. Neil Greig, Director of Policy and Research at IAM RoadSmart said a “much smarter package of measles is needed” to tackle the problem.

They have called for a new lower drink-drive limit, better roadside testing and tougher consequences for those caught travelling while intoxicated.

The campaigners say a new tougher approach could even see road users forced to forfeit their vehicles if they are stopped drink driving.

Mr Greig said: “There is no one simple answer to reducing these figures.

“But IAM RoadSmart believes a much smarter package of measures is needed from the Government including a lower drink-drive limit to reinforce good behaviour, fast-track of evidential roadside testing machines to release police resources and tailored approaches to help drivers with alcohol problems.

“Rehabilitation courses work, and we believe all those convicted of drink-driving should be sent on one automatically rather than having to opt in.

“More use of alcolocks – which requires the driver to blow into a mouthpiece on the device before starting or continuing to operate the vehicle – and extra penalties such as vehicle forfeiture could all be part of a more joined-up approach to the problem.

“Hardcore drink-drivers are simply not getting the message, and these figures will not improve until policy changes.”

The comments come after Department for Transport data showed only a minor fall ion drink-drive related accidents.

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The new data from 2019 shows an estimated 7,800 people were killed or injured where at least one driver was over the drink-drive limit.

This is a minor fall of just 10 percent on the 8,600 killed or injured in 2018.

Drink-drive accidents accounted for five percent of total road collisions in Great Britain.

Wales had the highest proportion with seven percent involved in drink-drive related incidents.

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