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Blood alcohol limit in UK should be reduced, review says

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 18 June 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c3315
  1. Mark Pownall
  1. 1London

    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 …

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