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MPs call for lower drink drive limit for young people

Published:  23 July, 2008

MPs in the UK are calling for young drivers to be banned from drinking any alcohol before driving.

The House of Commons Transport Committee made the recommendation in a report as part of a raft of changes they would like to see to cut deaths and injuries on the roads.

The report also advised that newly-qualified drivers should be prohibited from carrying any passengers aged 10-20 between 11pm and 5am

The zero alcohol limit and the restriction on passengers should be imposed for the first 12 months after candidates pass their driving test, the committee said.

It pointed out that although just one in eight licence holders is aged under 25, a third of drivers killed in road collisions are under 25.

This rises to a half of all drivers killed at night.

The committee's chairman Gwyneth Dunwoody MP said: "Bold measures are required to reduce the number of people killed and injured in crashes involving young drivers."