Young men risking lives by drink-driving

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Young men in their twenties are ignoring anti drink-drive messages and are getting behind the wheel while over the limit

While crashes caused by drink drivers continue to fall, men in their 20s are still getting behind the wheel while over the limit.

More than 1 in 10 male drivers aged 20 to 29 involved in crashes are over the legal drink drive limit.

The number of crashes, where at least one driver was over the limit, dropped by 930 between 2010 and 2013 (6,620 in 2010 and 5,690 in 2013) but the number of people killed in that kind of crash has remained at around the same level - 240 every year since 2010.

Almost 13% of men aged between 20 and 29, who were breathalysed after a crash in 2014, were over the legal drink drive limit and another 5% had some alcohol in their system.

On average, almost 26 people are killed or seriously injured in drink drive crashes per week in the UK.

That means, between now and 25 December, another 66 people could be involved in a drink-drive crash.

Brake road safety charity suggests the safest thing to do is abstain from alcohol all together if you're planning on driving.

Gary Rae, director of communications and campaigns for Brake, said: “Drink and drug driving remains one of the biggest causes of devastating road crashes; often young and inexperienced drivers and passengers are involved and frequently they are the tragic victims.

"We must continue to send a clear message to all drivers, but especially young men, that drinking and driving is a lethal cocktail.

"It’s shocking to see how many crashes, many involving deaths and serious injuries, have involved men in their 20s. We are calling on the UK government to introduce a zero-tolerance drink drive limit.”

Police forces across the UK are launching their annual anti drink-drive Christmas campaigns in a bid to make people think twice before getting behind the wheel after a drink.

And this year's Think! Christmas drink-drive campaign is targeting drivers - particularly young men - who think having "just" a couple of drinks is acceptable before getting into a car.

 

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