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Drink drive limit 'should be zero', say nurses - Telegraph

Nursing leaders denied that such a move would disproportionately hit people in rural areas, who need to use their cars more to move around.
Amanda Callaghan, director of communications for the RCN, said: “Would it not be better to improve public transport than accept that people in rural areas should be allowed to drink and drive?”

The idea that public transport is an answer in the countryside is so bizarre that one has to wonder if she has been sniffing the hand gel.
Are there any figures for the risk people who have had a glass of wine at their rural neighbours cause?
I have always thought a rough but fairer way to would be to penalise harder drivers within built-up or 30 limited areas as they probably had the choice of public transport.


Of course, if this came in there would be no licensed premises in country areas anyway. And, because of the "morning after" effect, it would effectively force all drivers to become teetotal. It is back-door Prohibition.

"Are there any figures for the risk people who have had a glass of wine at their rural neighbours cause?"

As a matter of fact, yes, there are. Search Google for "Borkenstein dip". (Here's one I prepared earlier: http://www.google.co.uk/#hl=en&source=hp&q=borkenstein+dip&meta=&aq=f&aqi=&aql=&oq=&gs_rfai=&fp=a14e1efbc109ce83) Borkenstein was the man who did the original study which showed the increased risk associated with drinking and driving. This was the study used to introduce the current drink driving limit which was set at a level where drivers were about twice as likely to have a serious accident.

He found that the risk decreases slightly for those with small amounts of alcohol in the blood. Those with blood alcohol between zero and about half the legal limit are less likely to be involved in a serious accident. The risk then increases to about twice as likely at the limit, five times as likely at 50% above and 20 times at double the limit.

None of the proponents of the zero limit seem to be concerned that it would criminalise the safest drivers.

It isn't only that public transport outside most big towns and cities is so poor. If she is a qualified Nurse she should know that some medical conditions create alcohol-like chemicals - that can be measured as alcohol by IR breathalysers.

Hope they never find out that some people add salt to beer because they like the foamy top.

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