People are being urged to adopt a zero tolerance approach towards alcohol when getting behind the wheel.
Brake, the road safety charity, wants drivers to make the pledge in an effort to reduce the number of road traffic accidents.
New figures from the Association of Chief Police Officer’s (ACPO) summer drink drive enforcement campaign show that one in 15 drivers pulled over and breath-tested at the side of the road are still over the limit.
Dangers of drink driving
The dangers of drink driving are well documented.
Alcohol affects drivers’ reaction times and hazard perception, making them far more likely to crash, even if they don’t feel drunk or even tipsy.
It also makes it impossible for drivers to assess their own impairment because it creates a false sense of confidence and means drivers are more inclined to take risks and believe they are in control when they are not.
Even driving the morning after a night out can be dangerous, as drivers wrongly think all of the alcohol is out of their system.
Brake says it’s frustrating to see how many drivers still selfishly risk lives by getting behind the wheel after drinking.
It is therefore calling on the government to introduce a zero-tolerance drink drive limit – rather than asking drivers to do the impossible and guess if they are safe to drive – as well as give greater priority to traffic policing.
Making a road traffic accident claim
I’ve you been injured in a road traffic accident that wasn’t your fault, you could be able to make a road traffic accident claim.
Accident Advice Helpline is here to offer advice and support, ensuring you get the maximum amount of compensation you deserve. How much you receive will depend upon the type and severity of the injury.
Passengers involved in road traffic accidents can also claim, not just drivers, so don’t hesitate to get in touch via our 24/7 helpline on 0800 689 0500.
Date Published: July 30, 2014
Author: David Brown