- a second drink can double your chance of being in a fatal collision
- 1 in 10 people would have 2 or more drinks before driving
- 1 in 5 (19%) men aged 18 to 34 would have 2 or more drinks
Drivers know that drink driving is wrong. It can destroy families and ruin lives. Yet some irresponsible drivers still take the risk and get behind the wheel when they shouldn’t.Today’s figures show that the majority of drivers in England and Wales are aware of the need to avoid drinking before driving. 60% of people surveyed said that it is not okay to drink at all before driving. However, even though 93% of people don’t think it is right to drive after more than one drink, almost a fifth (18%) admit to having done so. THINK! Drink Drive: Photocopying #butalive 60 Sarah Sillars, Institute of Advanced Motorists chief operating officer, said:
Over the past 30 years drink drive deaths have fallen significantly but every death or serious injury is one too many. The best way for drivers to keep themselves and other road users safe is simple: don’t drink and drive.
Many of the people we work with on our drink-drive rehabilitation courses aren’t repeat offenders, many are drivers who thought that a second one couldn’t hurt. We support THINK!’s campaign which highlights the importance of avoiding the temptation of ‘just one more’.Liz Brooker, Spokesperson for Road Safety GB, said:
Know your limits and know the legal limit. Getting that second drink calculation wrong is easily avoided just by remembering that if you drive, don’t drink.
The combined efforts to tackle those who choose to drink and drive have been successful over the years. But some people still think of a drink driver as someone who drinks copious amounts and gets in the car. They don’t realise that they could be a drink driver too, by having a small amount to drink and taking to the road.Research note: Interviews were conducted with 781 drivers aged 18 and over in England and Wales from 17 to 19 November 2015, using OnLineBus, the TNS internet omnibus survey.
This campaign will make people think twice before taking another drink, helping to make our roads safer.
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