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Northern Ireland to lower drink-drive limit

Posted by Linda Davidson

Owners of accessories and apparatus for your camper-van planning a trip to Northern Ireland have been advised of changes to the country's drink-drive legislation.

Alex Attwood, Northern Ireland's environment minister, today announced that the country plans to reduce the legal drink-drive limit from 80mg to 50mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood.

A further reduced limit of 20mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood has also been proposed for inexperienced drivers and those who are on the road as part of their job.

The move has been welcomed by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA).

Kevin Clinton, head of road safety at the charity, said: "RoSPA has long campaigned for a lower drink-drive limit across the whole of the UK, which no government has yet been willing to implement. We support Northern Ireland's proposal and hope that if it goes ahead the rest of the UK would follow its lead. A lower limit would save lives."