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Every year around 250 people are killed in crashes where at least one driver was over the limit, meaning in the time taken for us to watch the European Championships, another twenty families could have been affected by the loss of a loved one, due to drink driving.
Drink driving remains one of the biggest killers on British roads with one in seven deaths caused by a driver who is over the limit. Further casualties result in drivers who have had a drink but are under the limit – they are still three times more likely to die in a crash.
A recent survey by the government has revealed that the number of drivers who admit to drink-driving or possibly drinking over the limit has slightly increased since 2013 from 2 per cent to 4 per cent with the number admitting driving when they could be over the limit rising by 7 per cent to nine per cent.
Younger drivers saw a larger increase, with the number of 17-34 year olds admitting to drink driving rising from 2 per cent to 5 per cent, with those saying they drive when they might be over the limit rising from 8 per cent to 12 per cent.
The results mean that during Euro 2016, one in eight young drivers could be breaking the law and putting their own and other people’s lives in danger.
One of the more worrying statistics derived from the government survey was that findings showed a decline in the numbers of people who view it as unacceptable to drive if you are NOT SURE if you are over the limit.
The findings were driven by 17-34 year olds. In 2013, 71 per cent of 17-34s agreed that it was extremely unacceptable to drive if you MAY be over the limit, but by last year that figure had dropped to 61per cent, with the biggest shift in opinion seen among young male drivers.
Campaigns adviser for Brake, Alice Bailey, said;
“If you’re watching any of the games with your mates down the pub, never be tempted to drink if you are driving. Even small amounts of alcohol increase your risk of crashing and the only safe amount to have before getting behind the wheel is none at all. We see the devastating consequences caused to families when their loved ones are killed by drink-drivers. It’s never worth the risk to both yourself and all other road users. Go out, enjoy the football, and if you want to enjoy a pint, just leave the car at home.”