Landlord welcomes drink-drive move

Life-threatening The Scottish Government has introduced a new, lower, drink drive limit, below, Dave Daley, landlord of the Castle pub on Cenral Drive
Life-threatening The Scottish Government has introduced a new, lower, drink drive limit, below, Dave Daley, landlord of the Castle pub on Cenral Drive
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A leading Blackpool licensee believes it is only a matter of time before lower drink drive limits come into force in England.

Dave Daley, landlord of The Castle pub on Central Drive, was speaking after Scotland introduced a new limit of 50mg of alcohol in 100ml of blood, compared to 80mg per 100ml in the rest of the UK.

Fire at Mickey Finns. Central Drive, Blackpool. Dave Daley-manager of The Castle.

Fire at Mickey Finns. Central Drive, Blackpool. Dave Daley-manager of The Castle.

It means in Scotland, an average man would be limited to just under a pint of beer or a large glass of wine, and women to half a pint of beer or a small glass of wine, if they want to drive legally.

Mr Daley, who is also North West chairman of licensees for the Unite union, said: “I think a lower limit will eventually be introduced in England, and that will be a good thing.

“A lot of pubs, especially the rural pubs, have now changed over to food, while people who want to have a drink can come to places like Blackpool, stay in a hotel and know they don’t have to drive.

“We are right opposite Central Car Park and have a sign outside our pub warning people not to drink and drive.

“However, I think if the drink drive limit is lowered, you should also introduce a sliding scale of punishment, which is what they have in Europe.

“For instance, I think people who are caught out the next morning and are just over any new lower limit, should not lose their licence the first time because that effects their job and everything.

“However, if they are caught a second time, ‘throw the book at them’.”

The Scottish government has used its devolved powers, to change the law, but UK Road Safety Minister Robert Goodwill said there are no plans to alter the limit in England.

Blackpool North and Cleveleys MP Paul Maynard said: “I know this issue was the subject of a lengthy Transport Select Committee inquiry when I sat on it, and the arguments are finally balanced.

“I will watch with interest the impact on the numbers killed or seriously injured as a result of drink driving in Scotland.”

Road safety organisation Brake is calling for a limit of just 20mg to be brought in.

Its deputy chief executive Julie Townsend said: “We have the highest drink-drive limit in Europe, sending out the dreadful message that a drink or two before driving is acceptable. The evidence shows a tough approach helps prevent casualties.”