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Crime: Drink-Driving

Volume 715: debated on Wednesday 16 December 2009


Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are considering reviewing and amending the law on drink-driving. [HL608]

I announced on 3 December 2009 in a Written Ministerial Statement (Official Report, cols. WS 139-140) that I have asked Sir Peter North to undertake an independent review of drink and drug driving legislation. The noble Lord will be aware that Sir Peter is an internationally renowned legal expert whose previous studies include the review of road traffic law which led to the Road Traffic Act 1991.

The review will examine possible changes to the current provisions, including the case for changes to the legal alcohol limit for drivers and whether there is a need to tighten the law on drug driving. The study will also consider the likely impact of any changes on driver behaviour, and the practical steps needed to support the introduction of any new or revised offences.

Sir Peter has been asked to report by the end of March 2010 and we will then consult on his findings and finalise and publish the Government’s new road safety strategy. I have placed a copy of the terms of reference for the review in the Libraries of the House.