A massive 90 per cent of drivers would support the installation of breathalysers in UK cars in order to prevent drink driving, according to new research.
Online garage and car repair marketplace, WhoCanFixMyCar.com, surveyed 1,000 drivers and found that 903 thought it was a good idea. This comes after a seven per cent rise in the number of drink driving accidents between 2015 and 2016.
Only 97 individuals who were asked disagreed with the breathalyser concept.
More than 9,000 casualties per year because of drink driving
With severe penalties already in place but not always effective, the breathalysers would ensure that only people who are under the drinking limit would be able to physically drive in the UK.
The law states that drivers caught driving under the influence can face a multitude of fines and charges, including a minimum 12 month driving ban, unlimited fine and even a possible prison sentence and criminal record.
There were more than 6,000 accidents in the UK during 2016 as a result of drink driving. These resulted in more than 9,000 casualties, 1,260 serious injuries and 240 deaths.
The legal limits
The legal limit for drinking in England, Wales and Northern Ireland is 80mg of alcohol in 100ml of blood. This translates to two pints of normal-strength beer for men or a large glass of wine for women.
Scotland has a separate, more stringent limit to the rest of the UK, at 50mg of alcohol to 100ml of blood.