The Commissioner says adoption of this lower level has not led to any negative consequences in other Nordic countries. He added that a policy of zero tolerance on speeding was the only correct way.
Last Wednesday, parliament approved legislation on the compulsory installation of breathalyser ignition locks on school and day care centre vehicles.
In June, a working group set up to examine the safety of young drivers proposed a reduction in the permitted amount of alcohol in a motorist’s blood to a level of 0.2 parts per one hundred milliliters. It also suggested a compulsory alcohol lock for all first-time drunk driving offenders.
Each year, between 25,000 and 30,000 motorists are caught driving while intoxicated in Finland. The majority of drunk drivers are repeat offenders.
Currently, the maximum permitted blood alcohol limit is 0.5 parts per one hundred milliliters.
Police Commissioner Paatero’s views were reported in the provincial daily Aamulehti.