How much do you really know about drunk driving? It’s easy to think that most of us know everything there is to know about driving; what’s safe to drink, what puts you over the limit, and what that limit is. So you might be surprised to hear that a recent survey by Accident Advice Helpline revealed some surprising results when it comes to public knowledge of drunk driving.
What do we really know about drunk driving?
It turns out that public knowledge of drunk driving is not as great as we might expect. For example, did you know that the alcohol limit for drivers is 80mg per 100ml of blood? Surprisingly, only 12.7% of people surveyed got this right. A whopping 49% thought that 40mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood was the legal limit. The fact that gender impacts the drink drive limit also isn’t widespread knowledge. Whilst the majority (57.3%) realised that gender can impact the alcohol limit for drivers, almost 43% of people surveyed didn’t realise that gender had a part to play.
But perhaps most worrying of all is what the public think is an acceptable quantity of alcohol to drink before getting behind the wheel of a car. 41% said they thought drinking two pints of beer, two pints of cider or one Long Island iced tea would keep them under the drink drive limit. In fact, this would put you over the limit. And even more worryingly, a small number of people seemed to think it was acceptable to drink 5 pints of beer or a whole bottle of wine and still get behind the wheel of a car – because you wouldn’t be over the limit.
Have you been injured by a drunk driver?
If there’s one thing that most of us agree on when it comes to public knowledge of drunk driving, its that it increases the risk of accidents occurring – which could lead to serious injuries or even fatalities. If you or somebody you love has been injured in a drunk driving accident, you could make a claim for personal injury compensation. Provided it has been three years or less since your accident, give Accident Advice Helpline a call on 0800 689 0500. Our phone line is open 24/7 and it’s free to call and get advice from our team of personal injury advisors. If you decide to go ahead with a claim, we have over 15 years of experience handling claims and we work on a 100% no win, no fee* basis, so there’s no need to worry about paying expensive legal fees upfront.
Date Published: May 3, 2016
Author: Paula Beaton