According to a recent survey, drivers aged 25 to 44 are twice as likely to believe they had driven intoxicated the morning after consuming alcohol than drivers of all ages.
According to a RAC survey of 3,102 drivers, 8% of those in the 25–44 age bracket believe they had driven while intoxicated from drinking the night before. In comparison, all drivers’ accident rates were 4%.
The RAC issued a warning that simply “going to bed for a few hours” after drinking does not make someone safe to operate a motor vehicle.
Additionally, drivers aged 25 to 44 are more likely than drivers of any other age to believe they have driven while having a prohibited amount of alcohol in their system (5% vs. 3%).
More over half of respondents (54%) indicated they support police conducting more roadside breathalyzer testing.
Alcolocks, which require drivers to give a breath sample below the legal limit in order to start the engine, were supported by 43% of respondents.
“It is really disturbing to see so many drivers aged 25 to 44 who believe they have driven while intoxicated,” RAC road safety spokesman Simon Williams said.
“We strongly advise every motorist to choose wisely this Christmas, especially the day following the night before.
Going to bed for a few hours won’t be sufficient to remove alcohol from your system, especially if you drank extensively until well after midnight at a business Christmas party.
The most recent Department for Transport statistics indicate that in collisions involving drivers who were over the legal limit for alcohol in 2020, around 220 individuals died.
Even if the dip was ascribed to a drop in travel because to the coronavirus outbreak, that was the least since 2015.
In England, Wales, and Northern Ireland, 80mg of alcohol per 100 ml of blood is the limit for driving while intoxicated.
There is no higher restriction in Europe than 50mg/100ml.
In 2014, the Scottish Government lowered its cap to that amount.