You’d think that with all the government campaigns to get people to stop drink driving that it would have indeed stopped? Unfortunately, that’s not the case, it’s been found that more and more young people are choosing to get behind the wheel after a night out.
And it seems that young people in particular are not taking warnings into consideration when driving home after a few drinks. This is according to The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) who are pushing forward new figures released by the Association of Chief Police Officers. The results have mainly come from the various festive anti-drink-driving campaigns that were in operation throughout the end of the year.
The regular tests for drink driving (breath test) seems to have been the biggest indicator so far. There was found to be much higher failure rates in the under 25 year olds that were tested. Twice as common in fact than the fail rate in the over 25s.
Even though the amount of tests that were carried out in December 2014 was lower than in December 2013, the failure rate still seemed to be higher. This is a worrying trend that we feel really does need to be addressed. The results of driving under the influence could have far reaching and devastating consequences for all.
But just why is drink driving on the rise? Especially after decades of endless campaigns by the government and driving authorities telling us not to do it! Surely we would have stopped by now?
The problem is that each new advertising campaign or warning is focusing on a younger generation. The drivers of the past will, in most cases, have taken heed of the advice. But with every year, brings a new batch of younger and vulnerable drivers, susceptible to drink driving. Although Want Driving Lessons know that not all young drivers are irresponsible, the stereotype is that they will often have a natural tendency to take more risks. This will automatically put them as well as others at higher risk. The IAM has expressed particular concern over these disturbing new increases.
Kath Pavitt is a driver education director for the IAM’s Driver Rehabilitation Academy. On finding out about the new statistics she said: “The latest figures are disappointing but not at all surprising. Young drivers aged 17-24 have the highest level of drink-drive crashes by distance travelled. Drink-driving is still one of the biggest killers on our roads among this age group. One in eight UK road deaths result from crashes where the driver was over the drink-drive limit. Drivers with even a little alcohol in their systems are more likely to be involved in a crash causing death than a sober driver.”
Being a responsible driver will benefit you in so many different ways. For a start, there are the health and safety implications: A sober driver is naturally a more alert and conscientious one. There are good rewards and insurance premiums for better drivers. Even more incentive to be a good driver on the roads!