Eight of 10 young drivers unaware of drink-drive limit

A staggering eight out of 10 young and newly qualified drivers aren’t aware of the legal drink-drive limit, according to new research by Red Driving School.

In the UK the lawful blood-alcohol threshold is 80mg per 100ml of blood – 79% of drivers aged between 17 and 24 failed to correctly identify this in the study.

The learner driver agency described the lack of knowledge amongst this age group as “one of the main reasons” more drivers aged 20 – 24 are failing breath tests than any other cohort.

The research also uncovered some alarming facts possibly explaining the rising number of young drink-drivers on UK roads.

One third of respondents had witnessed parents getting behind the wheel after an alcoholic drink, while 20% claimed that although they don’t ever plan to drink and drive, they had done so so if unexpected circumstances arise.

Research by Drinkaware.co.uk shows that alcohol consumption in the UK increase by 40% in December, with a much higher associated risk of intoxicated motorists attempting to drive.

With police forces around the UK in the middle of a festive anti-drink-drive campaign, don’t risk your safety, or that of your passengers and other road users by steeping behind the wheel drunk.

Do you think the UK’s current drink-drive limit is too high? Should young and newly qualified drivers be allowed to drink alcohol before driving at all? Share your thoughts below.

 

POTHOLES WORSEN OVER LAST 12 MONTHS – BUT ROADS GET BETTER

Potholes in the UK have worsened over the last 12 months, according to an inspection by 800 AA “streetwatcher” volunteers.

But it’s not road surfaces that are becoming more scarred. Road conditions have actually improved over the last year the AA study proves, while pavements have worsened over the same period.

Streetwatchers found an average of 10 holes and crevices on sidewalks compared with an average of 7.6 last year.

While it might seem like a trivial issue compared to the state of the roads – which can cause expensive mechanical vehicle damage – decrepit pavements present a definite danger to elderly and infirm pedestrians.

Each inspector found an average of 12.5 potholes on their two-mile surveyed stretch, compared with 14.9 last year.

With a further £1 billion spending earmarked for roads in Chancellor George Osborne’s recent autumn budget statement, it seems the government is finally hearing the cries of motorists as our road transport network shows signs of improvement.

What do you think of the state of the UK’s roads today? We want to hear from you below.

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