More than a quarter of British motorists have admitted that they would, or have, drink and drive according to results from a recent survey.
The startling results show that the anti-drink driving message is failing to hit home with drivers and clearer messages need to be conveyed.
The survey, which was carried out by a competitive insurance company, shows that the number of people admitting that they have driven whilst over the legal limit has risen in the past year, and the number of people who would consider doing it has risen to.
The study raises the question what needs to be done to get messages across that drink driving is a danger as more and more people believe it is acceptable to have a few drinks before getting behind the wheel of their car.
One in 10 drivers say they would consider themselves safe to drive after three or more alcoholic drinks, and experts are concerned that the summer season is only going to make a bad problem worse with more and more people expected to hit the beer gardens.
Statistically, July and August see more drink driving accidents that at any time of year including Christmas and the New Year period.
The survey reveals that one in four drivers have got behind the wheel of their car the morning after a big drinking session even though they suspected they were still over the limit.
It also shows more than 25% say they have knowingly got into a car being driven by someone they suspected was over the limit.
Ian Donaldson, Managing Director of Autonet Insurance, said, “Clearer messages need to be made to motorists that drink driving is a danger to everyone. The survey results showing 25% of Brits have driven their car whilst over the limit is, quite frankly, scary, and something needs to be done quickly.”
The survey of 2,500 people was carried out by YouGov.
By Ben Malkin
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