15 per cent more younger drivers may be drink driving than last year, according to new figures from a recent motor car insurance study.
Cheap car insurance provider RAC recently found that more drivers are either testing positive for drink driving or flat-out refusing to take a drink driving test this year than in 2010. The insurer’s 2011 motoring report showed that drivers were highly concerned with the dangers of drink driving, as 17 per cent of survey respondents from urban regions expressed fear regarding driving under the influence of alcohol.
The report worryingly found that young motorists between 17 and 24 years of age had the highest likelihood of either being a passenger in a car with a driver that had been drinking or taking drugs, or driven a vehicle under the influence themselves.
Even more disturbing was the idea that young drivers, who already suffer from disproportionately high car insurance rates due to their perceived inexperience and lack of judgment behind the wheel, seem to be ignoring the drink driving limits even though they were aware of them. This has alarmed many road safety organisations, who have in turned blamed government cuts on anti-drink driving campaigns for the rise in dangerous activity.
In June of last year, Sir Peter North published a report calling for the alcohol limit in drivers to be reduced from 80mg to 50mg per 100 ml of blood. The Government published its response to the report this past March, which declined to alter the drink driving limit, though it did accept a portion of the recommendations made by the initial report.
Drink driving collisions cause an average of 3,000 serious injuries or fatalities every year, according to figures published in 2010 by the Institute for Alcohol Studies.