Should drink driving be zero tolerance?

As drink driving legislation currently stands, women can have up to 3 units and men up to 4 units. However in the run up to the Christmas period, when a number of drivers are caught out over the limit, we asked our panel whether they thought a zero tolerance law should be put in place for drink driving.

Significantly more panel members believed drink driving should be zero tolerance, with 68% agreeing that people should make the decision to drink or drive, that there should not even be the option to do both. Drink driving is putting not just yourself at risk, but the other drivers on the road, and as even one drink can considerably reduce your concentration levels, there is no surprise the majority of our panel believed the laws should be stricter.

Many members of the panel highlighted that alcohol effects everyone in different ways, there is too much room for interpretation, what is fine for one person could have a much greater effect on another. Some questioned how the authorities had decided how much was too much.

On the other end of the spectrum 32% agreed that the current legislation was strict enough. That zero tolerance would be extremely hard to regulate as some meals have alcohol in the recipe, or there could still be alcohol in your system from the night before – even if you had waited until late the next day, you cannot guarantee every last trace of alcohol will be gone from your system.  A small proportion of the panel felt that the legal limit should be demystified, pubs or bars should have breathalyser tests – so if you have a small glass of wine, you are able to check a few hours later when you leave that you are under the limit.

Watch some responses from our panel.