New driving restrictions are being advocated for by campaigners who want a “smart combination of measures” for drivers.
If new proposals from campaigners gain traction, new driving regulations could soon see heavier punishments for individuals caught alcohol driving.
Drink-driving experts at IAM RoadSmart have urged for “additional punishments” as part of a more “joined-up approach” to the problem. To combat the problem, Neil Greig, Director of Policy and Research at IAM RoadSmart, said a “far smarter bundle of measles is needed.”
They want a new, lower drink-drive limit, improved roadside testing, and harsher penalties for anybody found driving while inebriated.
According to the activists, a new stricter approach might result in road users being compelled to surrender their automobiles if they are caught drinking and driving.
“There is no one-size-fits-all solution to lowering these figures,” Mr Greig added.
“However, IAM RoadSmart believes the Government should take a much smarter package of measures, including lowering the drink-drive limit to reinforce good behavior, expediting the deployment of evidential roadside testing machines to free up police resources, and tailoring approaches to help drivers with alcohol problems.
“Rehabilitation courses work, and we believe that rather than having to opt in, all persons convicted of drunk driving should be sent to one automatically.
“A more coordinated response to the problem may include increased usage of alcolocks, which require the driver to blow into a mouthpiece on the device before starting or continuing to operate the car, as well as additional penalties such as vehicle confiscation.
“Hardcore drink-drivers just do not get the message, and these statistics will not improve unless legislation changes.”
The remarks come after data from the Department of Transportation revealed only a modest decrease in drink-drive-related accidents.
According to new data from 2019, an estimated 7,800 persons were killed or injured in crashes in which at least one motorist had consumed too much alcohol.
This is only a ten percent decrease from the 8,600 people killed or injured in 2018.
In the United Kingdom, drunk-driving accidents accounted for 5% of all traffic collisions.
With 7% of people involved in drink-driving incidents, Wales had the highest rate.
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The rate of regional casualties ranged from nearly 8% in the East Midlands to roughly 4% in London.
Drivers aged 25 to 59 were more likely to be involved in drunk-driving accidents.
The statistics bears this out. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”