Survey reveals frightening drink driver stats

August 11, 2008 | By | In Statistics

Latest research released this week has shown a distinct rise in the number of women who are driving whilst under the influence of alcohol.

Latest research released this week has shown a distinct rise in the number of women who are driving whilst under the influence of alcohol. A survey by road safety charity Brake and breakdown company Green Flag revealed 42 per cent of female drivers said they had driven after they’d had a drink, with 11 per cent doing so whilst over the legal limit.

Men were by no means any better, with 25% admitting to taking to the wheel after drinking more than the recommended amount.

Road Safety campaigner Andrew McGavin said: “There has been a breakdown in law and order and that coupled with a social change which has seen a rise in the amount women drink means this research unfortunately dsn’t come as a massive surprise."

"Most people are over the limit after one glass, but there is a growing trend for people to say, ’I’ve just had the one, I’m sure I’ll be okay to drive’.

"People have convinced themselves that it’s not the drinking, but the getting caught which is important."

Andrew set up the website betterdrivingplease.com to help encourage people to record incidents of dangerous driving. Police now use the resource to send out warning letters to drivers in the hope of preventing future incidents and Andrew hopes eventually British forces will follow suit.

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