Temptation to Drink and Drive Doubles for the Summer.

Authored by Catherine Moranda.

A new AA/Populus survey has discovered that twice as many drivers feel there is more temptation to get behind the wheel after a few drinks in the summer months.

The poll showed that young drivers, aged 18- 24 are more likely to take the risk to drink and drive, than older drivers aged 55-64.

Often or not many people are faced with the decision to drive after a few drinks, the choice however, is whether to take the risk or simply to find another way home. In fact, the poll showed that 68% of people would confiscate the car keys, if their designated driver had had one too many to drink.

The poll helped to launch a new anti-drink driving consumer marketing campaign for the AA, in conjunction with drinks company Pernod Ricard UK.

“We must continue to remind drivers about the dangers of drinking and driving. It is crucial that drivers and their friends and family consider the hazards of drinking and driving on all occasions throughout the summer.” AA president Edmund King said.

What seemed to me to be the most shocking fact of the poll, was that 2% of people would accept a lift home in a car with a drunk driver and say nothing, simply hoping that the designated driver, would get them home safely, despite being under the influence of alcohol.

Whilst nobody is above the law, young drivers are often labelled as irresponsible and reckless, so to avoid any mishaps this summer, here are some reminders of the penalties you could face if you decide to drink and drive.

Being in charge of a vehicle while above the legal limit or unfit through drink

You may get:

  • 3 months’ imprisonment
  • up to £2,500 fine
  • a possible driving ban

Driving or attempting to drive while above the legal limit or unfit through drink

You may get:

  • 6 months’ imprisonment
  • up to £5,000 fine
  • a driving ban for at least 1 year (3 years if convicted twice in 10 years)

 

For more information on the consequences of drink driving visit the Government website and remember that you are not only responsible for your own safety but for those around you also.

Drive carefully and drink sensibly to ensure you enjoy a great summer.