10th March 2016
Clive Brooke, Baron Brooke of Alverthorpe, has been given the accolade of Parliamentarian of the Month for February 2016, by the road safety charity Brake and Direct Line Group. The award recognises Lord Brooke’s work in trying to push through amendments to the Road Traffic Act to reduce the drink drive limit in England and Wales.
The Private Member’s Bill that has been sponsored by Lord Brooke has already reached the committee stage, where it will be debated, this week, in the House of Lords.
The bill has nationwide support with nine Police and Crime Commissioners backing the proposed changes to reduce the current limits from 80mg alcohol/100ml blood to 50mg alcohol/100ml blood – in line with most other European countries.
Scotland should be the example for the UK to follow. Since the drink drive limit was reduced to 50mg alcohol/100ml blood in December 2014, the number of people caught drink driving has fallen by 7.6%.
Brake is campaigning for a zero tolerance limit on drink driving. Tweet us: @Brakecharity, #fittodrive #notadrop
Gary Rae, director of communications and campaigns for Brake, said: “Drink driving is still one of the biggest killers on our roads with one in seven road deaths in the UK caused by a driver who was over the limit. We see first-hand the devastation left behind for families and loved ones by these entirely preventable collisions.
“We would urge the powers that be to listen to and learn from the results seen in Scotland and respect the wishes of both the British public and the police by following our neighbours lead and dropping the drink drive limit. This would be a useful step in moving towards a complete zero tolerance of drink-driving, which is the only way to make our roads safer.”
Accepting his award, Clive Brooke, Baron Brooke of Alverthorpe, said: “I’m most grateful to receive this award. I will be even more pleased if we can get this amendment onto the Statute Book, although there is still a struggle ahead. Last week the Minister for Road Safety said the Government has ‘no plans to reduce the blood alcohol limit from 80 mg alcohol/100ml blood down to 50’. We all have to keep working to get the drink drive limit reduced.”
Notes to Editors:
Brake is a national road safety charity, founded in 1995, that exists to stop the needless deaths and serious injuries that happen on roads every day, make streets and communities safer for everyone, and care for families bereaved and injured in road crashes. Brake promotes road safety awareness, safe and sustainable road use, and effective road safety policies. We do this through national campaigns, community education, services for road safety professionals and employers, and by coordinating the UK's flagship road safety event every November, Road Safety Week. Brake is a national, government-funded provider of support to families and individuals devastated by road death and serious injury, including through a helpline and support packs.
Road crashes are not accidents; they are devastating and preventable events, not chance mishaps. Calling them accidents undermines work to make roads safer, and can cause insult to families whose lives have been torn apart by needless casualties.
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