Christmas party-goers urged to designate a driver

JonathanDecember 10, 2013

When you have taken out a car leasing deal that allows you to get behind the wheel of a beautiful new vehicle, the last thing you want is to have an accident. However, the consequences of drink driving can be far more severe than just scraping up a rented car.

With the Christmas season well and truly upon us, it’s likely that many people will be tempted to have a drink but Brake is urging people to not get behind the wheel once they have.

The road safety charity is appealing to party-goers to avoid any tragedies this festive season. It is urging people to stand up to designated drivers who break their promise by having a drink later in the evening.

Research released by Brake shows there has been a massive change in how people view those that drink and drive. Nearly two-thirds (68 per cent) of drivers refuse to get behind the wheel if they have had a drink. This suggests a significant a shift in public opinion as the figure was just 49 per cent ten years ago.

However, there are still a number of drivers that are putting their own lives and those of their passengers and other road users at risk by drinking and driving. Some 32 per cent of motorists admit to driving after having something to drink or getting behind the wheel the morning after they have consumed a lot of alcohol.

Ten per cent admit to having so much alcohol that they would be, or potentially could be, over the legal limit.

The vast majority of drivers (81 per cent) never drive first thing in the morning after a busy night drinking, which is an increase from 72 per cent a decade ago.

Brake’s research shows that passengers are struggling to stand up to designated drivers that choose to then drink later in the evening. Only 36 per cent of people said they wouldn’t get in a car if they knew the driver had been drinking, while 12 per cent had admitted they had been driven by someone over the limit.

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