News from Brake
Wednesday 12 September
Tottenham Hotspur Goalkeeper and Captain, Hugo Lloris, has today pleaded guilty to drink driving after being stopped by Police in West London last month.
The case comes only weeks after figures published by the Department for Transport showed that the number of people killed or seriously injured in drink drive crashes in 2016 is at the highest level since 2012.
Commenting, Joshua Harris, director of campaigns for Brake, said:
“It is disappointing to see that someone who is a role model to many thousands of football fans has admitted breaking the law by drink driving. We expect the captain of Tottenham Hotspur and his national team to be setting a good example, not flouting the law in such a manner. This kind of dangerous behaviour is selfish, illegal and puts lives at risk.”
“Drink driving is an increasing menace on our roads. The current limit gives a false impression that it is safe to drink and drive – it is not. It is high time that the Government takes decisive action before any more lives are needlessly lost and implements an effective zero tolerance drink-drive limit of 20mg per 100ml of blood, making clear to drivers that not a drop of alcohol is safe.”
Notes to editors:
- Reported road casualties in Great Britain: Estimates for accidents involving illegal alcohol levels, Department for Transport
Brake is a national road safety and sustainable transport 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.