Brethalyser in a pub

FORTUNATELY attitudes to drink driving have changed dramatically over the years.

In 1967, related deaths as a result of driving under the influence were 1,640.

The latest figure saw them reduced to 230. There is no room for complacency and, as the annual Christmas Drink Driving Enforcement Campaign gets under way, I am at a loss and fail to understand why there is not a breathalyser facility available in all licensed premises.

Surely we all accept that it is impossible to guess the ‘safe’ amount to drink and I would advocate that it should be compulsory for any potential motorist upon leaving and contemplating driving to take the test.

This would help to nullify any future defence in court proceedings if this opportunity had been ignored by the offender, and would also undoubtedly act as a deterrent.

Jim Oldcorn

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