Sir Peter North, distinguished legal academic, has recommended in a review that the limit for drink driving should be reduced from 80mg of alcohol in 100ml of blood to 50mg. He estimated that this would save 168 lives a year, and also recommended that the offence be coupled with a mandatory 12 month ban. The proposed new limit would bring us into line with most of Europe: indeed some countries (Czech Republic and Slovakia) have a 0mg limit. On the one hand, this reduced new limit would still allow for one glass of wine or beer and keep more people safe; on the other, why do we allow under 25-year-old males to drive at all, since they are responsible for an unduly high proportion of deaths on the road? A balance has to be struck. I would be interested to know the reaction of readers before we are asked to change the law on this.