HC Deb 26 June 1989 vol 155 c339W
Mr. Day

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what proportion of respondents favoured the introduction of random breath testing in the last public opinion survey on this subject carried out by his Department's Transport and Road Research Laboratory.

Mr. Peter Bottomley

A survey carried out for TRRL in March 1989 asked 750 respondents whether they were in favour of random breath testing being introduced to discourage drinking and driving. The results were:

Strongly in favour 48
In favour 29
Undecided 10
Against 8
Strongly against 2
Don't know/No answer 2

This was part of a survey into attitudes to a wide variety of road safety counter-measures. It did not explain the implications of random breath testing. The results reflect the strength of public opinion against drinking and driving.

A summary of the results of this survey will be published later this year.