EU: Zero-tolerance drink-drive limit recommended

A new report has recommended a near zero-tolerance approach to drinking and driving to reduce fatal accidents in the EU. It is said that a zero-tolerance policy would reduce deaths by 5,000 across the continent.

The report by the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) recommends a drink-drive limit of 10 or 20 mg of alcohol per 100 ml of blood. A 20 mg per 100 ml of blood limit is already in place in seven European countries including Sweden, but some countries like France, Germany and Spain have limits of 50 mg per 100 ml of blood. In the UK, the limit varies from 50 mg to 80 mg per 100 ml of blood.

The ETSC has also recommended making breathalyser mandatory in all new cars. This rule will be enforced from 2022.

Official figures state that 2,600 people were killed in alcohol-related accidents in 2018 in 23 EU countries. However, it is said that the actual figure could be much higher.


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