Driving for Zero

Driving for Zero is working for zero tolerance of impaired and distracted driving. It tackles issues relating to alcohol, drugs, phones, reading and typing at the wheel, tiredness, vision, health and general distraction.

One in eight deaths on British roads still involves a driver over the alcohol limit [1], and in 2015 arrests for drug driving soared after a new law enabled police to arrest people who tested positive to illegal and some legal drugs. Nearly half drivers admit to driving while talking [2] and about half drivers aged 25-34 admit to reading and taking texts and using the internet [3]. Many more drivers are impaired by tiredness, poor vision, ill health,or just generally distracted and not paying attention.

Driving for Zero aims to save lives through evidence-led, legislative interventions, including:

  • a lowering of the drink drive limit to an effective zero tolerance level across the UK
  • an extension, to Scotland and N. Ireland, of the England and Wales law prohibiting drug driving
  • the banning of communication at the wheel, including all forms of talking, reading and typing
  • compulsory eyesight tests for drivers
  • rigorous enforcement of laws relating to impairment and distraction, including driving hours, and tough penalties for offenders

We are also working to

  • Tackle impairment within commercial fleets, including driver health checks and technology that prevents and warns of impaired driving.
  • Educate law-abiding drivers about how to avoid low-level driver impairment and inattention, which can also cause crashes

Visit our Driving for Zero campaign pages on these themes and more

Alcohol & Drugs 


Vision and ill health    

End notes

[1] Department for Transport, Provisional estimates involving illegal alcohol levels 2014 (final figures) and 2015 (provisional figures), 2016

[2] Brake and Direct Line,  Driven to distraction: mobile phones, 2014

[3] Brake and Direct Line, Risky business, Report 3, section 2, 2016