According to a survey of UK motorists by road safety charity Brake and insurance company Direct Line, there has been a reduction in the number of young drivers (aged 17 to 24) willing to drink and drive since a previous poll was conducted in 2007 – down from nearly 1 in 2 (44%) 4 years ago to just under 1 in 3 (29%) in 2011.
However, the survey also revealed the number of young drivers willing to drive the morning after a heavy drinking the night before has increased over the last four years from 45% in 2007 to 53% now.
A considerable variation of views were registered from respondents regarding safe drinking and driving consumption limits: the majority (62%) of young drivers understood that even one unit of alcohol affects driving but 12% believed they could consume three or more units and still drive safely.
The statistics clearly show that young men are far more likely to be involved in drink-drive collisions which is why drink-drive campaigns are particularly aimed at this young male demographic.
Drivers who get behind the wheel whilst over the limit risk losing their licence as well as facing heavy fines and possibly even a prison sentence.
The company that carried out the poll, Brake and Direct Line, are asking young people as well as all drivers and passengers to not drink and drive at all and to be especially vigilant over the festive season.