Mag Dorset

The recent first meeting of a new MAG group in Dorchester was really well attended. With the temperature hovering around zero degrees, 36 hardy souls received a warm welcome from new Dorchester rep, Max, at the Black Dog Inn in Broadmayne. It was a very sociable gathering, attended by riders of all sorts of bikes, from tourers and customs to scooters, and was a perfect example of the inclusive and diverse nature of MAG. Paddy from Central Office and Red, the Southern Regional Rep, also attended the meeting and gave brief outlines of MAG's work locally and nationally, before answering questions from the assembled riders. Volunteers came forward to fill some of the committee roles and it appears that the foundations for a healthy new group are well and truly set.

CffilSTMAS DRINK-DRIVE NEWS HERALDS REVIEW OF LAW

in December, the Government announced it had commissioned Sir Peter North to conduct an independent review of drink-driving and drug-driving laws.

According to RoSPA... A total of 7,638

drivers were arrested after breath tests in England and Wales between December 1, 2009 and January 1, 2010. Although the figure is 16.51 per cent lower than the number caught drink-driving in the previous year's campaign, RoSPA says it demonstrates that far too many drivers are still putting themselves and others at risk in such an irresponsible and avoidable way. Three per cent of all drivers breath tested were over the limit, but the percentage rose to four per cent for drivers under the age of 25 and to seven per cent for drivers involved in an accident.

RoSPA has for many years called for a reduction in the legal alcohol limit from 8omg of alcohol per 100ml of blood to 50mg, a move which it says would save around 65 lives and 230 serious injuries 011 Britain's roads each year.

At blood alcohol levels between somg and Somg, you are apparently two to two-and-a-half times more likely to be involved in an accident and six times more likely to be in a fatal crash than with no alcohol in your system. RoSPA also wants to see the police being given extra powers, such as being able to breathalyse drivers anywhere at any time, and supports continuing education campaigns.

Figures published by the Association of Chief Police Officers, show 223,423 drivers were breath tested during the month-long blitz - a rise of 21.82 per cent on the previous year.

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