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Jeremy Clarkson: How to cure shock rise in drink driving

By Jeremy Clarkson Published

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OH dear. After years of steady decline, the number of people injured in drink-related road accidents has jumped by an alarming six per cent.

Meanwhile, it has emerged that last year, nearly eight per cent of motorists admit that they may have got behind the wheel while tipsy. Up from just over six per cent in 2014.

Naturally, this has caused the nation's safety enthusiasts to jump up and down and run around, demanding that the drink-drive alcohol limit be lowered immediately.

In the past, the roads were patrolled by actual policemen who would pull you over if you looked a bit wobbly

But what good would that do? If you drive after drinking five pints, what does it matter how much over the limit you are? You are still drunk.

Much better, surely, to work out why people have started to drink and drive again.

And I think the answer is obvious. In the past, the roads were patrolled by actual policemen who would pull you over if you looked a bit wobbly.

Now though, the roads are patrolled by cameras which aren't bothered if you have just had six pints of absinthe and two lumps of heroin. Just so long as you are only doing 30.

If we scrap the cameras and spend the money on actual policing, the problem will be solved.

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