More than two-thirds (68%) of motorists surveyed by the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) would like the proposed Scottish drink-drive limit to be introduced across England and Wales.

Under the new proposal, the Scottish government will lower the legal drink-drive limit from 80mg to 50mg of alcohol in 100ml of blood before Christmas to reduce the number of drink-related accidents and deaths on Scotland’s roads.

More than 80% of IAM’s 2,632 survey respondents confirmed that they drink alcohol, and around half (47%) agree that lowering the limit from 80mg to 50mg of alcohol in 100ml of blood will reduce the number of accidents taking place across UK roads.

Neil Greig, IAM’s director of policy and research, said: “England and Wales are now totally out of step with drink-drive limits across the rest of Europe. Existing research has shown that between 63 and 116 lives can be saved every year by a lower limit. Different limits are also a recipe for confusion and the IAM would urge the Westminster government to review its approach as a matter of urgency.”

The poll further revealed that around half (53%) would prefer more thorough police checks to target drink-drivers, while only 5% would support an increase in alcohol prices to tackle the problem.