Video: Jessica Hannon speaks about losing her partner to a drink-drive accident.

Drink-driving is becoming one of the biggest killers on our roads. Yet England still has one of the highest blood alcohol limits in the world. With the law turning 50 this year, is it time for a ‘safer’ level?

In England, the legal alcohol limit is currently 80mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood. This equates to just under 2 pints of regular lager or 2 small glasses of wine.

The law was effective in preventing accidents when it first came into place in 1967. But 50 years on, drink-driving figures are quickly rising again.

Countries like Scotland have recently lowered their blood alcohol limit to 50mg in an attempt to reduce the amount of injuries and fatalities on the roads, caused by drink-driving.

Charities like Brake call for a zero tolerance limit, as they found even 20mg to 50mg of alcohol in your blood makes you 3 times more likely to be killed in a crash.

“I’d like us to look again at the level of… alcohol in the blood stream that’s okay”
Cllr. Alex Norris, Health and social care leader

Nottingham City Councillor, Alex Norris, believes more needs to be done to prevent drink-driving. He said: “You’re talking about people going to work, people going to see their families, dying because someone else didn’t want to not have another drink and that is completely avoidable.

“I’d like us to look again at the level of… alcohol in the blood stream that’s okay because once again I think if we reduce that, we’d see less fatalities.”

Audio: Councillor Alex Norris says he wants a safer drink-drive limit.

Jessica Hannon lost her partner of 6 years when he chose to get in a car with a drink-driver. She wants the legal limit to be reduced so people don’t drink anything at all before they drive.

“If Jack didn’t take his keys out that night, he’d still be here with me now.”
Jessica Hannon, partner of a drink-drive victim

She said: “The drink-drive limit should definitely be lowered because at the moment people think they can have a couple of drinks and still be safe because it’s still in the limit.

“It needs to be lowered to discourage people from drinking at all.”

The 21 year old added: “If Jack didn’t take his keys out that night, he’d still be here with me now.

“Please just don’t do it, don’t take your keys out in the first place.”

  • In 2015, the percentage of drivers who failed a breath test or refused to take one was the highest it had been since 2009.
  • There were 8,530 estimated casualties, due to drink-driving, reported in 2015.
  • One in eight, 13%, of road deaths on the United Kingdom’s roads are caused by drink-driving.
  • It was estimated that lowering the drink-drive limit in 2010 would have saved 25 lives and prevented 95 serious injuries between 2010 and 2013.
  • A survey conducted by Brake found that more than three quarters of drivers think the current drink drive limit is too high.
  • The same survey found that more than half of the drivers think the drink-drive limit should be dropped to an effective zero tolerance.