Concerns over zero tolerance blood-alcohol for young drivers
Flanders’ mobility minister would like to see a different system for punishing drink-drivers than the current federal plan to lower the blood alcohol limit for new drivers
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Wrong target group?
Galant intends to introduce the new limit in mid-2016 in response to figures showing that drivers aged 18 to 25 are eight times more likely to have a serious accident than older drivers. They are also more susceptible to alcohol in the blood. An age limit on alcohol levels could be in breach of discrimination laws, however, so the measure would apply to anyone possessing a driving licence for less than three years.
The current limit of 0.05% allows the consumption of one or possibly two (depending on the individual) beers with lower alcohol contents. A level of 0.02% would be exceeded by even one glass.
Weyts argues that a driving licence with a penalty points system would be more effective in combating drink-driving. Galant’s proposal, he says, targets younger drivers, while the biggest risk group is those aged 35 to 50. The points system would be consistent: the same rules and penalties for all drivers for the same offence. “Tough but fair for everyone,” he said.
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