Should drink drivers get their cars taken away?

Wednesday, 01 August 2012

It may be a question that some car insurance holders have given thought to in the past: Should drink drivers that commit the offence on a repeated basis get their cars taken away to be scrapped or bought by someone else?

Some 80 per cent of the drivers who took part in a recent Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) poll think so.

A drink driving conviction tends to result in a year-long driving ban and a £240 fine, on average, says the IAM. Some 57 per cent of those polled thought consequences ought to be stronger than this.

Meanwhile, some 66 per cent wanted the threshold for drinking and driving brought down.

Simon Best of the IAM commented that there was support for the idea of treating those who drink and drive more toughly.

"Not only do the majority want a lower limit – they also want tougher punishment for those that break the law, especially the worst offenders who present the greatest danger to other road users, their passengers and themselves," he said.

IAM recently found that, among drivers in another poll, some 94 per cent endorse the idea of a causing serious injury by dangerous driving offence that is being planned.

Posted by Noel Martin.

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