Road safety survey reports one million people drink drive every week

As the Christmas party season gets underway over one million motorists admit that they drink and drive every week.

According to research commissioned by Coca-Cola one in seven people admit to drink driving occasionally and one in six designated drivers admit to having a glass of wine or beer before stepping behind the wheel.  It also reveals that those who live in the countryside were twice as likely to risk driving as they consider the roads near their home to be quieter and that men are more likely to drink and drive than their female counterparts.

The legal drink drive limit is 80mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood or 35mg of alcohol in 100ml of breath however Government advice on the matter is to avoid all alcohol. Robert Goodwill, road safety minister, said: “Anyone tempted to have a tipple at Christmas time before climbing behind the wheel should know they face some very serious consequences.”

Anyone considering drink driving this festive season not only runs the risk of losing their license but in addition, if you depend on a car for work you run the risk of losing your job and any chance of being employed in future.

The risks of causing an accident are greatly increased when a person drinks alcohol and attempts to drive. It is also important to remember that you can be over the limit, even when you consider yourself not to have had that much to drink. It is difficult to judge when you have reached the legal limit and alcohol also affects people in different ways depending on characteristics such as age, weight, blood and the amount you may have eaten.

The only way to ensure you keep safe this festive season is to avoid any alcoholic drink if you are driving. If you are injured in an accident involving a drink driver then you will be entitled to compensation if the accident is not your fault.

For specialist advice contact the Keylaw injury experts on 0845 6188448 or complete our online enquiry form for a free assessment of your circumstances.

 

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