Lowering the drink drive limit will save lives, Northern Ireland
The BMA's statement comes amid reports that the Republic of Ireland will move to cut the drink drive
Fermanagh GP and member of the BMA's GP committee Dr John
"It has been estimated that there would be 8 fewer deaths on
our roads in Northern
Ireland by lowering blood alcohol levels to
50mg from the current level of 80mg.
"We believe that this move will further deter those who
think its ok to have a drink then get behind the wheel.
"In reality, there is no such thing as a safe limit, and
doctors across the province urge everyone not to drink and drive".
Road safety campaigner Dr Porteous continued,
"Ensuring that the drink drive limit is the same north and
south of the border will greatly assist in enforcing the 'don't drink and
"Environment Minister Edwin Poots has already
undertaken a lot of work in terms of looking at the issues of drink driving -
we urge him to take action now to lower the drink drive limit to make Northern Ireland's
roads safer for all".