Volvo AlcoguardThe majority of British motorists want the current UK drink drive limit to be lowered, new research has found.

In a survey of 1,000 UK motorists, road safety charity Brake and Direct Line found that 74 per cent want the drink drive limit lowered, with three in 10 saying the rest of the UK should match the new Scottish drink drive limit of 50mg of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood.

The current UK drink drive limit is 80mg/100ml, one of the highest in Europe.

Surprisingly, more than four in 10 said the UK should introduce a tougher 20mg/100ml limit. This is the same as in Sweden and would effectively be a ‘zero tolerance’ drink drive limit.

Just 26 per cent say the drink drive limit should remain as it is.

Brake deputy chief executive Julie Townsend said drinking and driving “remains one of the biggest killers.

“The UK has now slipped off the top of the European road safety ranking and without critical progress, including the introduction of a zero-tolerance drink drive limit, we will be left further behind.”

Current law ‘confusing’

The current drink drive limit for England and Wales sends a confusing message, said Townsend, “and asks drivers to do the impossible – guess when they are under the limit, and guess when they are safe to drive.

“The only safe choice is not to drink at all before driving. The law needs to make that crystal clear.”

Brake also plans to call upon all UK political parties to make a zero-tolerance 20mg/100ml drink drive limit a key manifesto commitment for the 2015 General Election.

It points to evidence that those with 20-50mg/100ml of alcohol in their blood – well inside the legal drink drive limit – are at least three times more likely to be killed in a crash.