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Police chief Ken Lay forecasts future .00 blood-alcohol limit for motorists

Chief Commissioner Ken Lay says all Victorian drivers will probably have to have to produce double-zero blood alcohol levels when they drive – one day.

Mr Lay was responding to a question from a talkback caller on radio station 3AW who asked whether the law should be changed so that all drivers had to produce .00 blood alcohol reading when breath-tested by police.

Currently, probationary and learner drivers must produce double-zero blood alcohol readings on request. While there are other driver exceptions, most other drivers are allowed to drive with up to a reading of up to .05.

"Intuitively, it feels right when you look at some of the data, particularly in Europe and it shows it does impact on road trauma," Mr Lay said.

"But the community needs to be ready for it. We need to continue to have the discussion and get the community into a space where they accept it," he said.

He said he believed the day would come.

"Years and years ago, we would have thought that it would never be accepted that we had .05 ... I suspect into the future we will get a double-zero level. I am just not quite sure the community is ready for it," he said.

Mr Lay said he never drove a car, even after a single drink, in light of his role as police chief.

"I would hate to have a preliminary test and be shown to be a little bit under and have a picture of me walking into a booze bus for a test. It is just not sensible," he said.

"It is not a good look either when I am out with people to have a drink and then jump into the car.

"I am fortunate that I have a driver most of the time and if I have just one drink (wife) Chris will always drive if I have had a drink."

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