Government faces tougher calls for drink driving laws

Theresa May will at the beginning of November face a call for tougher penalties for drink-drivers who kill other rmotorists on the road.

Two bereaved families will hand in petitions to 10 Downing Street demanding a change in the sentencing guidelines covering drink-drive killers.

There appears to be public support for such a move. In July, the road safety charity Brake completed a survey of 1,000 adults and its findings showed that 91% supported the idea that drivers causing death while under the influence of alcohol or drugs should to be charged with manslaughter, a crime which carries a maximum life sentence.

Brake said: “The Government must…enable police to step up enforcement by making roads policing a national policing priority, so more resources are invested in catching drunk, drugged and other dangerous drivers.

“The police need also powers to carry out targeted testing to provide a stronger deterrent.”

The final outcome will be in November once the issue has been debated in Parliament. What with Christmas around the corner, and this being a time of radical drive and marketing to consumers to not drink and drive over Christmas, we could certainly expect a tougher crackdown on police presence over this time. After all with more and more drink drive accidents, this pushes up the costs of motor insurance for regular consumers