Blood alcohol limit in UK should be reduced, review saysBMJ 2010; 340 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c3315 (Published 18 June 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c3315
- Mark Pownall
An independent review of UK legislation on driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs has urged that the current blood alcohol limit of 80 mg/100 ml (17.4 mmol/l) be reduced to 50 mg/100 ml (10.9 mmol/l), that random breath testing of drivers be introduced, and that a lower limit of 20 mg/100 ml be considered for younger drivers.
It also wants closure of a legal loophole so that high risk drink drivers cannot resume driving after a ban until they are passed as fit by doctors approved by the Department of Transport.
The review calls for a staged approach to strengthening action against driving while under the influence of drugs. It wants nurses working in police custody suites to …