New hope for family campaigning for lower drink drive limit

New hope for family campaigning for lower drink drive limit

New hope for family campaigning for lower drink drive limit

First published in News

A MOTHER campaigning to get the drink drive limit reduced has been given new hope.

Michelle Bell and her husband, Steve, lobbied Parliament after their daughter Jordan, 14, died in a road crash in Layer Road, Colchester, in 2008.

In 2011 their hopes of helping others avoid the same heartache were dashed when the Government rejected proposals to lower the legal drink-drive limit from 80mgs in 100mls of blood to 50mgs.

But the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Alcohol Misuse yesterday this week revived the proposal as part of a series of recommendations to combat alcohol misuse.

Research shows drivers are physically and mentally impaired at 50mgs.

The driver who struck their daughter had been drinking but was under the legal limit.

Mrs Bell, a driving instructor from Littlefield Road, Colchester, said: “It is brilliant to hear they have backed us.

“It is something we have been campaigning to get changed for years.

“It was a big blow in 2011 and every time another family suffers because it wasn’t changed I get frustrated and angry.

“But I have always held onto hope.

“I know what family’s are going through .

“It was six-and-a-half-years ago we lost Jordan and we really hope this will make a difference.

“It is still hard every day and people have got to be made more aware of the risk and any reduction in the limit is a positive.”

Many countries in Europe already have a drink drive limit of 50mgs.

Other recommendations include health warnings on alcohol, similar to cigarettes, and a minimum price per unit.

Jordan was trying to cross Layer Road, Colchester, when she was hit by a speeding car.

The teenager, who was a pupil at Alderman Blaxill School, was treated by paramedics at the scene, but was pronounced dead at Colchester General Hospital.

The driver of the car involved in the crash was fined £750 and banned for one year for speeding and careless driving. The court heard he was two mgs beneath the legal alcohol limit.

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1:23pm Wed 13 Aug 14

donttellanyone says...

Yes the limit needs to come down I have seen sombody drink what I would call over the limit only to get a 76 reading but he was what I would call drunk.
Yes the limit needs to come down I have seen sombody drink what I would call over the limit only to get a 76 reading but he was what I would call drunk. donttellanyone
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3:03pm Wed 13 Aug 14

up the U's paul says...

I feel ashamed to say this but, any drink NO DRIVING. How often do we see on the t.v. any limit has no effect due to the fact that there are no real penalties. If they get a ban no problem, they just drive home or to the pub,from the court. If they lower the limit no problem they drink over now so it just means they will be more over than they are now so who cares. I say treat them as you would any person that goes out to commit murder, They know what they are doing and the damage they can do and the devastation they can cause families. And what about the people that serve them the drinks in the pubs and clubs they should not get away with out some of the blame, they should be held responsible for allowing these people to get in a car in that condition.
I feel ashamed to say this but, any drink NO DRIVING. How often do we see on the t.v. any limit has no effect due to the fact that there are no real penalties. If they get a ban no problem, they just drive home or to the pub,from the court. If they lower the limit no problem they drink over now so it just means they will be more over than they are now so who cares. I say treat them as you would any person that goes out to commit murder, They know what they are doing and the damage they can do and the devastation they can cause families. And what about the people that serve them the drinks in the pubs and clubs they should not get away with out some of the blame, they should be held responsible for allowing these people to get in a car in that condition. up the U's paul
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8:50am Thu 14 Aug 14

stevedawson says...

If you drink don't drive.no limits no excuses.however, the onus is on drinker nobody else.
If you drink don't drive.no limits no excuses.however, the onus is on drinker nobody else. stevedawson
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