Driving for zero: alcohol and drugs

Despite decades of campaigns, one in eight road deaths still involves a driver over the limit. Because the UK's drink drive limit is high, there will be more, unrecorded, casualties involving drivers impaired by alcohol but under the current limit - all countries in Europe apart from Malta have a lower drink drive limit than the UK (excepting Scotland which reduced its drink drive limit in December 2014).  

Drug driving is also a widespread menace: since the introduction of a law in March 2015, allowing police to test and arrest in England and Wales for certain illegal and legal drugs, there has been an 800% increase in arrests despite limitations in testing equipment and levels of policing. Get more facts on drink driving and drug driving and scroll down for what we need, how to take action, and more campaign news. 

However, despite the legislation that the government has put in place in 2015, the police have been limited in their ability to detect drug-driving at the roadside. This is due to the absence of Home Office type-approved roadside drug-screening devices. The type approval procedure aims to ensure devices meet government standards. Currently, there are only two devices that have type-approval, and they are only capable of screening for cannabis (THC) and cocaine. Other commonly detected drugs (notably MDMA /ecstasy) have no type-approved testing device. 

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 The charity event on aid of the road safety charity Brake was another great success. We raised a fantastic £700 on the night, and our sincere thanks go out to everybody who helped us raise that amount of cash. It was only £100 less than last year's total. 

 This year, as last year, a Tony Blount Foundation Patron is going to be making another run for us, and all money raised from that will be added to our charity night total to give us a grand final total. Joanne Briggs is going to be running the Asda Foundation 10K in Hull on SUNDAY 2nd JUNE, 2019 at 09:45am


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