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Driving Offences (Drunkenness)

Volume 496: debated on Thursday 28 February 1952

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if, in view of the continued high rate of deaths and injuries on the roads and the need to use every means of reducing the number of casualties, he will take steps to make a blood test for alcohol compulsory in the case of a driver of a vehicle involved in an accident which causes death or injury to any person.

No. While I agree with my hon. and gallant Friend as to the importance of bringing to justice those who cause road accidents under the influence of drink the proposal involves a serious encroachment on personal liberty and on my present information I would not feel justified in proposing such a fundamental alteration of our law.