Drink-driving figures show a significant rise in the proportion of women being convicted of the offence.
Female drivers were responsible for 17% of drink-driving offences in 2012, compared to just 9% in 1998, according to the survey by Direct Line and the Rees Jeffreys Road Fund.
The research also reveals that 17% of female motorists admit they have probably driven while over the legal limit of alcohol during the last 12 months, while three in every five women don’t know what the legal limit is.
In almost all cases, respondents felt they were personally able to drink more alcohol than the “average woman” before they were over the legal limit
The poll found that 59% of the females who said they had driven while over the alcohol limit believed they were capable of driving safely, and 31% thought that by driving extra carefully they would avoid a road traffic accident.
Having no other alternative was an excuse given by 17% of the respondents and some of them said they drove because of a family emergency.
‘Sure they wouldn’t be caught’
A share of 14% of the poll participants said they risked driving after drinking too much alcohol because they were sure they wouldn’t get caught.
Robert Goodwill, the Government’s road safety minister, reveals that 803 women failed breath tests after accidents last year.
He is reminding motorists that drinking and driving can have the most devastating of consequences and that the Government is tightening the rules by bringing in a new offence of causing serious injury by dangerous driving – as well as giving police more powers to prosecute.
More than one in seven deaths on Britain’s roads in 2012 were in collisions involving alcohol, according to the Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety (PACTS) executive director David Davies.
Road accident death toll
He says the number of road deaths is falling but drink-driving caused 230 deaths; 1,200 serious injuries and injured another 8,510 people in 2012. All of these could easily have been prevented.
Source: The Guardian