Sir: A reduction in the level of alcohol with which we may drive will probably save lives, and is to be welcomed.
However, you fail to put the figures for drink-related deaths into context. You say that in 1993, 540 deaths were attributable to drink-driving. There was a total of 2,969 deaths in motor vehicle accidents in England and Wales in 1993, so it follows that 2,429 of them (82 per cent) involved stone-cold sober drivers.
A motor vehicle is a killing machine with or without alcohol. Is it not time that much more publicity and effort was put into reducing the other 82 per cent of the deaths?
J P JOHNSON