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Call to lower blood-alcohol limit for drivers

13 September 2012

A senior Victorian police officer is campaigning to cut the blood-alcohol limit for drivers from 0.05 to 0.02 per cent.

Victoria Police Road Policing Assistant Commissioner Robert Hill says a similar decision in Sweden saw the level of fatalities and serious injuries on the road drop 10 per cent.

He says it is would be a big move but that it is time to consider all options to reduce the road toll.

Mr Hill says 197 people have died on Victorian roads this year and 25 per cent of those deaths are linked to alcohol.

He says the shift in attitudes has already begun with newly licensed drivers expected to have a zero blood-alcohol level.

In Europe, for example, he says drinking and driving are distinctly separate activities.