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Call for lower drink-drive limit in England and Wales

The Police Federation has made a statement calling for the drink-drive limit in England and Wales to be cut.

It wants the limit to be reduced from 80 to 50 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood - in line with changes introduced in Scotland at the end of last year.

In addition, the statement said that more needed to be done to discourage women from driving while drunk as female drink-driving levels are not falling quickly enough. "[The message] is just not getting through", said a spokesperson from the Federation.

The number of casualties and accidents caused by drinking and driving has been falling steadily since 1979, when The Department for Transport commenced detailed reporting and has always placed tackling drink-driving as a priority.

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The table below shows the drink-drive data collected by The Department for Transport during the past 35 years.

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