June 20, 2010 19:00 ET

Swinton Reveals One in Five Motorists Don't Know Legal Alcohol Limit

MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - June 20, 2010) - Swinton Insurance has revealed one in five motorists still don't know what the legal drink-drive limit is.

A poll* by the UK's leading high street retailer of car insurance revealed 20% of UK drivers wrongly believed the legal alcohol limit to be 80mg of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath whereas the correct legal limit is in fact 80mg of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood.

Swinton's results are revealed as the Government looks at proposals outlined in the North Review published today to reduce the legal limit further to 50mg of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood. The independent report examines the current law on drink and drug driving and has been prepared by Sir Peter North CBE QC.

If the new proposals are introduced the UK's drink-drive limit would be brought into line with European regulations, meaning a single glass of wine or a pint of strong beer could leave many, especially women over the 50mg limit.

Anyone caught drink driving under the new proposals could expect an automatic 12 month driving ban, even if they are only marginally over the limit.

Steve Chelton, Insurance Development Manager said, "Drink driving has major legal, social and financial consequences. Motorists can expect hefty increases in their car insurance premium if they are caught under the influence behind the wheel."

Notes to editors:

*Swinton surveyed 1,256 online customers

About Swinton

  • With 580 branches nationwide Swinton is the UK's largest high street insurance retailer
  • Unlike many other companies in the financial services industry, Swinton is committed to keeping its branches open for business, and part of the community
  • Swinton provides a one-stop-shop for the insurance and related needs of its clients, offering home, car, caravan, business, holiday, motorbike and even classic car insurance
  • With a dedicated team of advisors on hand at every branch to search a panel of insurers to offer quality cover at competitive rates

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