Drink-driver sobering-up time to be scrapped

The Government is planning to ban statutory blood tests for motorists caught just over the drink-drive limit.

Drivers who blow just over the legal blood alcohol limit of 35microgrammes per 100ml of breath in the UK are currently allowed to request a blood test to further assess the state of their alleged inebriation. Currently 8% of arrestees do.

New Government plans will mean borderline drink-drivers no longer have any “sobering-up” time between the site of their arrest and the journey to the police station and subsequent wait for a doctor.

An amazing 25% of drink-drivers asking for a blood test in a police station where no on-duty doctor is present have avoided prosecution by doing so.

Anyone who blows 50 microgrammes per 100ml of breath – over 40% more than the legal limit – is currently allowed to request a blood or urine sample be taken.

The clause was originally introduced to account for error in much older breathalyser equipment. With new modern technology, experts now believe this isn’t necessary.

The Government is planning to roll out highly accurate ‘evidential’ breath test machines in 2013. These will be able to supply calibrated readings permissible in a court of law.

There is one way to get around the proposed new legislation, however. If you’re going out for a drink, don’t drive. 



What do you reckon is the most dangerous thing to have in your car? Heavy weights or screaming kids? Wrong.

According to insurance company More Than, discarded coffee cups and free roaming dogs are two of the most dangerous objects to have in a car, while wearing high heels behind the wheel was also reported to be a major factor in accidents.

As part of Road Safety week, the study found these three items alone were responsible for more than 13 million crashes and near misses on the nation’s roads.

It was found men were responsible for a greater number of accidents than women, although females putting fashion first meant that a staggering 44% of women drivers were prevented from using the pedals correctly.

Detritus from a refreshment break rolling around in your car’s foot wells was also recorded as a major cause of crashes – if a spent coffee cup wedges itself under your brake pedal, are you going to be able to apply maximum stopping power through the pedal? Doubtful.

It’s not just inanimate objects that can incite accidents. The study also found one in eight drivers had a near miss on the roads due to a dog roaming freely inside their car’s cabin.

Managing Director of More Than, Janet Connor, believes many accidents can be avoided if people cleaned their cars regularly.

Don’t forgot to keep your dog secure, too…