New figures suggest a huge number of car accident claims come as a result of the actions of drink and drug drivers.
Recovery charity Swanswell is now urging improved risk education and clearer messages.
It made the call as new Department For Transport (DfT) statistics revealed that the amount of drink-drive accident deaths soared by 26% year-on-year; from 230 to 290 in 2012.
A further 6,680 accidents last year were linked to alcohol use, several resulting in car accident claims. This is where Accident Advice Helpline (AAH) can assist.
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Expert speaks out on drink-driving risks
Swanswell chief executive Debbie Bannigan on drink-related crashes and car accident claims.
Q: How do you view attempts made to tackle driving under the influence?
A: We welcome them, but think more can be done to educate drivers, such as through more prominent information in the driving theory test.
Q: What would you say to a driver who is thinking of driving after taking drink or drugs?
A: No matter how small an amount you might have before getting behind the wheel, judgement is affected and the risk of causing serious injury or even death is very real.
Q: Is it just drinkers at risk?
A: No. We shouldn’t forget that the victims are not just the people who have been drink or drug-driving – passengers, other road users and pedestrians are also put at risk.
Plea to educate young pre-motorists
Swanswell’s opinion is mirrored by Mike McAdam, founder of Don’t Be That Someone, a not-for-profit initiative which urges more driving education for youngsters before they drive.
He wants the Government to re-plan its drink-drive awareness strategy in light on the DfT figures and spiralling car accident claims.
Mr McAdam said: “If the Government really wants to see deaths, injuries and collisions reduce they need to target pre-drivers to change their fundamental attitudes so they don’t drink and drive in the first place.”
Source: BBC News
Date Published: August 7, 2013
Author: David Brown