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Burton's MP questions calls to reduce drink-drive limit

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: August 12, 2014

By Rich Guttridge

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BURTON'S MP has said he does not believe the drink-drive limit needs to be lowered following calls from senior politicians.

Andrew Griffiths urged caution after the All Party Parliamentary Group on Alcohol Misuse suggested reducing the limit from 80 milligrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood to 50 milligrammes, meaning just one pint of beer could be enough to put drivers over the limit.

Top MPs have also called for health warnings to be displayed on cans and bottles of beer, cider, wine and spirits in a bid to tackle heavy drinking which they say is leading to increasing health problems.

But the Burton MP, who has previously been dubbed the minister for beer, does not believe bringing down the drink-drive limit is the right way to go.

He said: "Everybody recognises the dangers of drink-driving and that it can ruin lives as a consequence. I'm all for proper enforcement of the limits, however I would be concerned if the level was brought down so that even one pint of beer meant you were over the limit."

Mr Griffiths said it was right that the public should be aware of the hazards of excessive drinking, but was concerned people could be 'scared' by tougher measures.

He said: "It is important that the public have as much information about the strength and health affects of having a drink. However, we mustn't scare people from enjoying life's simple pleasures."

Figures obtained by the Mail in June revealed that more than 100 children had been taken to Burton's Queen's Hospital over the past six years after downing too much booze. Councillors have also made tackling alcohol abuse one of its top priorities.

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  • Croc_Gunn_D  |  August 12 2014, 12:41PM

    Well Burhan, how is retaining the current limit going to spol your "simple pleasures"?

  • Branmis01  |  August 12 2014, 11:40AM

    I do not believe that the drink drive limit should be lowered, the current limit is the right one. Lowering the limit would mean more pub closures and would gain nothing, apart from more banned drivers, who may have had a few drinks the night before and could still over any new limit. The government has already introduced changes to minumum prices for drinks. Why punish the many for the few idiots out there.

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  • Burhan  |  August 12 2014, 9:21AM

    "we mustn't scare people from enjoying life's simple pleasures." IDIOT

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  • Croc_Gunn_D  |  August 12 2014, 9:21AM

    It would be a serious mistake to lower the alcohol limit for drivers. At present, most people are responsible enough to abide by the current limit. Were it to be reduced I fear a good many wouldn't even try to adjust, at best, they'd continue doing what they do. However there is a danger that some people would give up on staying sober. This is yet another idea from those people that inhabit a differnet universe to ordinary people. Drink/Frive offences should be dealt with on an exponential scale so that anyone ust over would be treated more lieniently than someone who's many times over the limit. Trust the people.

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