The Royal College of Nurses (RCN) has called for the UK to adopt a "zero blood alcohol" limit to cut the number of deaths caused by drink driving. Delegates at the RCN's annual conference in Bournemouth spoke in favour of a move that would see drivers unable to consume any alcohol and then drive a vehicle. The present limit of 80mg alcohol per 100ml of blood is among the highest in Europe. Some countries, such as Romania, the Czech Republic, Estonia and Slovakia, already have zero-tolerance policies. Although government figures show an overall drop in road accidents – in 2008 there were 8,640, roughly a third of the 1979 level – the number of people who died in drink-drive accidents rose 5%. The drink-drive death toll in 2008 was 430 compared with 410 in 2007. Professor Ian Gilmore, president of Royal College of Physicians and chairman of the Alcohol Health Alliance, welcomed the call for a zero limit. "We are delighted that the RCN is opening the debate on zero tolerance. "There are technical problems with an absolute zero limit, as there can be problems with contamination. But there is a strong argument that the limit should be zero, or near zero, for new or young drivers – and the priority for other age groups is to lower the limit from 80mg to 50mg, to bring us in line with the rest of Europe."