LETTER:Alcoholic accidents

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From Mr Graham Allen, MP

Sir: The news that drink-drivers have been blamed for 1,000 crashes over the Christmas/New Year period may not reveal the full extent of the problem, because the figure is based only on the current legal blood alcohol levels.

The British Medical Association has put forward a strong case that this legal blood alcohol limit is dangerously high and should be reduced to 50mg/100ml, because the risk of becoming involved in a drinking and driving accident greatly increases beyond this point. Unfortunately, the Government has ruled out even reassessing the current levels. Labour believes that it is time to review the drink/drive limits in view of genuine safety concerns.

Yours sincerely,

Graham Allen

MP for Nottingham North


House of Commons

London, SW1

2 February

The writer is Shadow Minister for Transport.