Many people today believe drink driving has been consigned to the past and all drivers are aware of the serious dangers and consequences it can have; not only to the driver but the public around them. Sadly this isn’t the case and around 35,000 drink drive offences were recorded in the first nine months of 2015; whilst this number is lower than previous years, it shows this is not a problem left to the past but one that still confronts each and every road user today.
Recent studies also found that men are more likely to drink and drive than women. In 2013/14, 8.1 per cent of men admitted to driving when over the limit at least once. In comparison to the 3.5 per cent of women that admitted to the same offence.
Whilst it is encouraging to see a reduction in the number of offences year-on-year, it is still important to remember there are many drivers to this day being convicted of drink driving offences.
We run many rehabilitation courses around the country to offer education to those that have been convicted, whilst proactively informing drivers of the legal limits around drink driving and how consumption can affect a driver’s ability to drive safely.
Here are some useful tips to remember:
IAM RoadSmart advice to all drivers regarding drink driving, is simply ‘none for the road’, this will always keep you legal and aware.
For more help on the scheme and advice regarding drink drive awareness you can visit our website.
Christopher Davies, IAM RoadSmart, DRA project leader