Young male motorists ‘most likely to drink-drive’

Written by Ellie

Road safety charity Brake has responded to the publication of new road casualty statistics from the Department for Transport, which show male drivers in their 20s remain the most at-risk group for drink-driving in the UK.

According to the official government data, more than one in ten (13 per cent) men aged from 20 to 29 that were involved in a road traffic collision during 2014 were found to be over the legal limit for alcohol when breathalysed after the event.

Overall, this placed young men as the most prolific offenders in terms of facing the serious repercussions of drink-driving in the UK.

On average, the figures showed that 26 people are killed or seriously injured each week in the UK in a crash involving a drink-driver, with young males the group most likely to be involved and at fault.

Responding to the data, director of communications and campaigns for Brake Gary Rae said: "We must continue to send a clear message to all drivers, but especially young men, that drinking and driving is a lethal cocktail.

"It's shocking to see how many crashes, many involving deaths and serious injuries, have involved men in their 20s. We are calling on the UK government to introduce a zero-tolerance drink-drive limit."

In addition, the body continues to lobby for a dramatic overhaul to new driver training in the UK, with a focus on more graduated learning and providing ongoing support to young motorists to ensure they have the necessary skills and experience to drive safely after passing their test.

Posted on 21st December 2015

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