Learn the lessons of festive drink-driving

Written by Ellie

With the Christmas and New Year celebrations now wrapped up for another year, the AA has issued a call to motorists across the UK to learn the lessons of some startling statistics from recent festive seasons.

Alcohol-related road offences are a serious problem throughout the year, but the figures from November and December generally provide that much more sobering reading.

Indeed, the AA showed that during these two months in 2013, 2014 and 2015, more than 5,000 drivers up and down the country were arrested for being over the legal alcohol limit.

What's more, the figures showed that around 40 per cent of offenders were twice the legal limit, while a shocking 18 per cent were treble the limit and four per cent had more than four times the permitted amount of alcohol in their bloodstream.

As a result, the organisation is calling upon all UK drivers to learn from this and to protect the safety of themselves and others by stamping out this type of dangerous and antisocial behaviour.

AA president Edmund King stated: "We all have a responsibility to try to stop these people driving and, if they can’t be persuaded, they should be reported. Nearly two-thirds of drink drivers caught were more than twice the limit, which is frightening."

Natalie Brinkley, brand manager at Fuel Card Services, adds: "Drink-driving poses a serious danger to drivers and members of the public throughout the year. It is therefore imperative that motorists avoid alcohol when taking to the roads, or they run the risk of being involved in serious and life-changing accidents."

Posted on 5th January 2017

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