A report released on April 17, 2007 showed that drink-driving deaths decreased faster than any other road deaths in the EU.
9 countries, the Czech Republic, Germany , Poland, Slovakia, the Netherlands, Latvia, France, Austria and Greece had alcohol-related deaths decreasing faster than other road deaths.
5 countries, Slovenia, Estonia, Denmark, Switzerland and Lithuania saw road deaths from other causes decreasing faster than alcohol-related deaths.
In 4 countries, Hungary, Finland, Spain and Great Britain drink-driving deaths actually increased in absolute terms.
The alcohol limits in those last four countries are respectively zero, 0.05, 0.05 and 0.08. New Zealand has the last of those limits - 0.08
Like the EU the trend here is a reduction in the rate of alcohol-related road deaths. In 2005 fatal crashes with driver alcohol as a factor represented 29% of all - down from 43% in 1988. The European Transport Safety Council estimates EU alcohol-related deaths account for 30-40 percent of all road deaths. Most EU countries have either 0.05 or zero alcohol limits yet we appear to be performing better.
I cannot see any good case for reducing our current alcohol limit.
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