Ask most people to give their thoughts on drink driving and chances are you’ll be given the same response. Call is irresponsible, abhorrent, reckless or just downright stupid – the general consensus is that driving while under the influence of alcohol is just plain unacceptable.
However, a new study carried out in the UK has suggested that a rather worrying percentage of the nation’s motorists are still more than happy to drive after drinking. The news comes at a time when drink-drive related deaths across the UK are reaching dangerous highs, apparently confirming that the time, effort and money invested in raising awareness of the problem have been largely ignored by the public.
Should the survey’s results paint an accurate picture of the country as a whole, no less than 7% of all British drivers are confident they still make good drivers when they’ve had a couple of drinks. The number is even higher in Wales, where drinking in moderation and then driving home is considered perfectly acceptable by a solid 10% of motorists.
As has been the case in recent years, those that live in and around London are still on average the strongest advocates of drinking and driving.
As far as law enforcement agencies throughout Britain are concerned, the message is a simple one. Anyone selfish enough to drink before getting behind the wheel is not only taking their own life in their hands, but the lives of any number of other motorists and pedestrians. Further deterrents are to be introduces in the form of higher fines and more penalty points than ever before for those caught flouting the law.
Repeat offenders and those found to be in the worst states of all are being warned to expect jail sentences.