Lower drinking limit suggested for teenage drivers

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The chief medical officer, Sir Liam Donaldson, has recently called for a lower drinking limit to be applied to teenage and young drivers.

The suggestion has been met by much controversy, but essentially the consensus seem to agree. Institutions such as the RAC have commented that the limit should be lowered across the board and should not target solely young drivers.

A recent study done by the RAC confirmed that most drivers would be happy if the limit were lowered altogether, in line with European countries where the limit has been lowered to 50mg.

Donaldson replied to his critics that whilst some suggestions were initially vetoed they later became staunchly imposed by the law, citing the smoking ban as one such example.

Support for the move has come from the road-safety charity Brake and the British Medical Association who agree that young drivers are more at risk from just having one drink than older drivers.

If the reduction in the limit saves lives, then Donaldson should be supported in his campaign. Such a reduction has been shown to be successful in other countries such as Canada, where Donaldson states a 19% reduction in crashes has occurred since 1995, in drivers aged 16-19.

Road accidents are the primary cause of death in teenagers aged 16-18 in Britain, and 14 young people die every week, whether they are drivers or passengers.

This article was written by Joanne Milne.


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