Word on the Street: Should the drink-drive limit be changed?
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Fifty years have gone by since the introduction to the drink-drive limit and the people of Ipswich discuss whether there needs to be any changes.
It’s been half a century since the legal drink-drive limit was introduced and the first roadside breath test took place.
The law came into force on October 8, 1967, by The Road Safety Act and meant drivers who had more than 80 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood (or 35 micrograms per 100 millilitres of breath) were over the limit.
Then consequence of drink-driving was a £100 fine or a four month prison sentence, or both, and a disqualification from driving for a minimum of one year except from special circumstances.
Today, the consequence for being over the drink-drive limit is an unlimited fine, up to six months’ imprisonment and a disqualification for at least one year or three years if convicted twice in a decade.
Suffolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Tim Passmore, believes that the breathalyser and drink-driving campaigns have saved thousands of lives since the introduction.