Alarming statistics on drink-driving

HOGMANAY may have come and gone, but a survey by BSM still makes alarming reading.

Their research shows only six out of 10 young people would definitely try to persuade a drunk friend not to drive.

And seven per cent would definitely not, or be unlikely to, try to persuade a friend not to drink-drive.

A gender split was evident with just over one in 10 young male drivers saying they definitely would not, or be quite or very unlikely to, try to persuade a drunk friend not to drive. This fell to almost seven per cent for women.

Women were far more likely than men to say they would definitely try to persuade a friend not to drive after drinking.

Of those who had been involved in a car accident in the previous 12 months as a passenger, 16 per cent said it was at least partly because the driver was over the legal alcohol limit.

Twelve per cent of young drivers who had been involved in a car accident in the previous 12 months said it was at least partly because they were over the legal alcohol limit.

Mark Peacock, head of BSM, said: “If you are driving the safest way to ensure you are not over the legal limit is to take a ‘zero tolerance’ policy and stay away from alcohol completely.

“Even if you are not driving, you can help keep safe by encouraging friends who are driving not to drink and making sure you do not get into the car with a driver who is drunk or who has taken an illegal substance.

“No one wants to start their driving life with points on their licence, a fine or worse still, an accident and injuries.”