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Drink Driving

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Drink Driving
By drinking and driving, you risk your life, those of your passengers and others on the road

The Facts 
  • On average, 1,340 people are killed or seriously injured each year in drink drive collisions [1]
  • Nearly one in seven of all deaths on the road involve drivers who are over the legal alcohol limit [1]
  • The latest provisional figures from 2013, show that an estimated 240 people were killed in crashes in which a driver was over the legal limit, 1,100 were seriously injured and 6,930 were slightly injured [1]
  • Drinking and driving occurs across a wide range of age groups but particularly among young men aged 17-29 in both casualties and positive breath tests following a collision. The Government’s most recent drink drive campaign aims to target this group
  • More than half a million breath tests are carried out each year and, on average,100,000 are found to be positive
  • The legal limit in England, Wales & Northern Ireland is 80 milligrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood, and 50 milligrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood in Scotland. However, any amount of alcohol affects your ability to drive safely. The effects can include:
    • slower reactions
    • increased stopping distance
    • poorer judgement of speed and distance
    • reduced field of vision
  • According to the latest THINK! campaign statistics, a second drink can double your chance of being in a fatal collision. Interestingly, one in 10 would consider having two or more drinks before they get behind the wheel. This increases to one in five (19%) among men aged 18-34 years [2]
  • Through what some people consider ‘moderate drinking’, you may still be over the alcohol limit the next day and risk losing your licence
The Advice
  • There is no quick way to remove alcohol from your system, only time will work
  • If you’re planning on going out and drinking alcohol, make sure that you make arrangements to get back home safely. Designate a driver, keep taxi numbers on your phone or find out the public transport timetable
  • Never accept a lift from anyone who has consumed alcohol
  • Do not offer alcohol to anyone who is driving
  • If you notice anyone getting into the driving seat who has clearly been drinking alcohol, in excess of legal limits, notify the police immediately
Sources [1] Department for Transport report – 6th August 2015 [2] THINK! - December 2015

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