UK public supports in-car breathalysers to prevent drink driving

Severe penalties are already in place but are not always effective, warns

UK public supports in-car breathalysers to prevent drink driving
There were more than 6,000 accidents in 2016, due to drink driving in the UK, resulting in more than 9,000 causalities, 1,260 serious injuries and 240 deaths.

An online garage and car repair marketplace has revealed that 90 per cent of drivers would support a breathalyser installed in cars to prevent drink driving.

Based on research of 1,000 drivers in their database, found that more than 900 drivers surveyed would want to help reduce the amount of accidents caused by drink driving in the UK, by putting breathalysers in cars.

With severe penalties already in place but not always effective, the marketplace says breathalysers would ensure that only people who are under the drinking limit would be able to physically drive in the UK.

Laws state that drivers that get caught driving under the influence can face a multitude of fines and charges including a minimum 12 month driving ban, unlimited fine and even a possible prison sentence and criminal record.

The legal limit for drinking in England, Wales and Northern Ireland is 80mg of alcohol in 100ml of blood.

This translates to two pints of normal-strength beer for men or a large glass of wine for women.

Scotland has a separate, more stringent limit to the rest of the UK, at 50mg of alcohol to 100ml of blood.

Al Preston, co-founder of, said: “With Christmas on the horizon, social drinking sees an increase around this time of year and ultimately this increases the risk of drink driving on UK roads.

“We were interested to see from our database who would agree with car breathalysers, deciding if drivers are fit to drive or not.

“Although we were expecting to see a positive response, we were amazed to see just how many drivers would like to see the devices put in place in the UK – with over 90 per cent of our database having a positive reaction.” is an online car garage and repair marketplace connecting more than 12,000 garage and repair centres with drivers around the UK.

The site has one million users and has recently processed more than 1.3 million quotes through the site in one month.

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