A survey carried out by 1st Central Insurance has probed the differing attitudes towards driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol.

The survey questioned 2000 motorists and found that while drink driving remains the most socially unacceptable driving conviction, the reaction towards driving under the influence of drugs changed depending on the age of the driver asked.

38% of 18-24 year-olds surveyed thought that driving under the influence of drugs was more acceptable than driving under the influence of alcohol. 13% of this age category also thought that drink driving was more socially acceptable now than five years ago; this contrasted starkly with 60% of 45-54 year olds who saw a drink driving conviction as less socially acceptable now, than five years ago.

Despite the number of news stories that feature accidents involving drivers using mobile phones and high profile advertising condemning the use of mobiles at the wheel, only 6% of those surveyed thought it socially unacceptable.

Speeding convictions were seen by men and women across all age ranges as the most acceptable conviction.

Survey respondents were fairly honest about their own motoring record, with 10% of all those asked having at least one motoring conviction.

Almost double the number of men (13%) declared a driving conviction compared to women (7%). 15% of these men were convicted of drink driving compared to 9% of the women with convictions.

When looking at age, 25-34 year olds had the highest incidence of motoring convictions with 11% admitting to a stained record, and this age group also had the highest rate of drink driving convictions at 17%.

Of the 7% of 45-54 years olds admitting to having a motoring conviction, 80% of these were for speeding.

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