Young motorists risk drink-driving

Young drivers are putting their lives and the lives of others at risk by getting behind the wheel of a car after drinking.

A poll by road safety charity Brake found that almost a third (29%) of those aged 17-24 were willing to drink and drive, despite the risk of an accident.

The potential consequences do not end there.

They could find that the cost of getting back on the roads puts driving out of their reach, as any penalties incurred if caught drink-driving could push up the already steep car insurance rates that may young motorists face.

The number willing to drink and drive has fallen since 2007, when 44% were prepared to take the risk.

But the number willing to drive the morning after a heavy drinking session has increased, from 45% in 2007 to 53% now.

Brake campaigns director Julie Townsend urged young motorists to think of the consequences of drink-driving, expressing concern that as many as 12% believed they could consume three or more units of alcohol and still drive safely.

Copyright © Press Association 2011

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