Not a drop, not a drag

CAMNotADrophashDrink driving remains one of the biggest killers on our roads: one in seven road deaths are at the hands of someone who got behind the wheel over the limit. Many more casualties may be caused by drivers who have had a drink but are under the limit, as even this makes you at least three times more likely to die in a crash.

Drug driving is also a widespread menace: the equivalent of one million UK drivers admit to it, causing an estimated 200 deaths every year.

Get the facts on drink driving and drug driving.

What needs to be done?

Brake calls for zero-tolerance on drink and drug driving from the public and the government. We're calling on drivers to pledge to never drink or take drugs and drive – not a drop, not a drag – because even small amounts of alcohol or drugs affect your ability to drive safely.

We are calling on government to introduce tougher laws and enforcement. We need a zero-tolerance drink drive limit of 20mg per 100ml of blood, in line with evidence even one small drink affects driving – this will make clear it should be none for the road. Brake has successfully campaigned for a zero-tolerance drug drive law, which came into force in March 2015 – enforced by police with roadside drug testing equipment, this law means it is now far easier to prosecute drug drivers.

The government must also enable police to step up enforcement by making roads policing a national policing priority, so more resources are invested in catching drunk, drugged and other dangerous drivers. The police also need powers to carry out targeted testing to provide a stronger deterrent.

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Campaign news

Convictions up, but shocking numbers still drug-driving, 29/2/2016
No one loves a drunk driver, 11/02/2016
Government must learn from Scottish drink drive laws, 10/02/2016
New laws catch more reckless drug drivers than ever, 28/01/2016
Shocking numbers of drivers risked lives in Scotland last Christmas, 21/01/2016
Brake urges rugby fans to kick the risk of drink-driving into touch, 18/09/2015
Britain still struggling to break the drink drive habit, 01/08/2015
Brake urges drivers: 'not a drop not a drag', as police launch drink and drug drive crackdown, 01/06/2015
Brake backs Police Federation plea for lower drink drive limit, 19/05/2015
Drug drivers beware: zero-tolerance law in force today welcomed by campaigners, 02/03/2015
Myth-busting 'sober up' e-learning resource launched, 22/01/2015
Brake echoes police calls, warning young people of dangers of drink and drug driving, 21/01/2015
Charity welcomes reduction in Scotland's drink driving rates, 09/01/2015
Government action demanded as England and Wales fall behind in fight against drink driving, 19/12/2014
New lower drink-drive limit in Scotland welcomed as a useful stepping stone to zero tolerance, 04/12/2014
Charity appeals to drivers: not a drop, not a drag, as police crackdown starts, 01/12/2014
50 years, 25,000+ dead, since first anti-drink drive ad, 07/11/2014
Public urged to speak out to stop the UK's million drug drivers, 05/08/2014
Drink drive message still not getting through as one in 15 fail breath-tests, 25/07/2014
#dontcrosstheline: Brake teams up with ad agency to spread World Cup drink drive message, 15/07/2014
Brake urges public to stamp out drink driving as police launch summer crackdown, 02/06/2014
Brake calls for zero-tolerance on at-work drink- and drug-drivers, 14/05/2014
Brake welcomes fall in Xmas drink driving but renews call for zero tolerance, 24/01/2014
Brake criticises first motorway pub as a dangerous temptation, 21/01/2014
Christmas party-goers urged to save lives by standing up to 'designated drivers' who drink, 10/12/2013
Charity appeal to Scotland's drivers: not a drop, not a drag this Xmas, 06/12/2013
Charity appeal to drivers: not a drop, not a drag, as police crackdown starts, 29/11/2013
Charity calls for urgent government action to stem huge rise in drink drive deaths, 26/09/2013
Charity calls on public to help stamp out drink driving during summer heatwave, 26/07/2013
Brake praises government's zero-tolerance drug drive limit proposals, 19/07/2013
15 year old girl's 13,000 strong petition to end drink driving handed to Downing Street, 03/07/2013
Charity warns one drink is too many if you're driving, as drink drive crackdown launched, 31/05/2013
Look out for your mates by speaking out on deadly drink driving, says Brake, 15/03/2013
Expert panel on drug driving reports, Brake calls for zero tolerance, 03/03/2013
Petition handed to PM on drug driving by bereaved family, 22/02/2013
Brake reaction: 7,123 caught drink driving over Xmas and New Year 18/01/2013
Bereaved family campaigning on drug driving receive national charity award 17/01/2013
Brake's response to the Scottish Government consultation on lowering the drink drive limit, 19/11/2012
Bereaved family urges drivers to pledge 'not a drop, not a drag', as police launch crackdown, 30/11/2012
Brake responds to Northern Ireland Assembly consultation on drink drive enforcement, 06/10/2012
Brake calls for a zero tolerance drink drive limit in Scotland, 06/09/2012
Drink drive deaths up by 12%: Brake appeals for action, 20/08/2012
Charity calls for action on drink driving as results of summer crackdown released, 31/07/2012
Croydon MP wins national road safety award for drug driving campaign, 15/06/2012
Brake welcomes plans for lower drink drive limit in Scotland, 28/05/2012
Breath tests down: Brake reaction, 19/04/2012
Consultation on drink drive rehabilitation courses, 06/03/2012
Brake responds to report on the risk of driving on cannabis, 10/02/2012
Huge roads policing cuts put public at risk, warns charity, 23/01/2012
Brake praises police efforts in catching drunk and drugged drivers, 20/01/2012
Government must act now to tackle horrifying levels of drug driving among young people, 04/01/2012
Brake appeals for zero tolerance on drink driving over Christmas, 15/12/2011
David Cameron agrees drug screeners are overdue after meeting Brake volunteer, 04/12/2011
Northern Ireland government leads the way in tackling drink drive carnage, 30/09/2011
Brake reacts to breath testing data suggesting drink driving on the rise, 01/08/2011
Government says it will not lower drink drive limit, 21/03/2011
Morning after drink driving on the rise, according to Brake and Direct Line survey, 14/12/2010
Transport Select Committee publishes recommendations on tackling drink and drug driving, 02/12/2010
Brake evidence to Transport Select Committee enquiry on tackling drink and drug driving, 27/08/2010
Drugs Roadside Testing Bill presented to parliament, 05/07/2010
Independent review of drink and drug driving by Sir Peter North recommends lower limit, 16/06/2010
Brake and Direct Line publish Safe Driving Report 2: Fit to Drive, 01/02/2010