Brake – more than 1 in 10 young male drivers involved in crashes are over the legal drink drive limit.
More than 1 in 10 male drivers aged 20–29 involved in crashes are over the legal drink drive limit. (Actual figure 12% 20–24, and 13% 25-29, in 2014 from latest available figures) . On average 26 people are killed or seriously injured each week in a crash involving a drink driver (1,350 deaths and serious injuries in 2013 – latest available figures). While crashes caused by drink drivers are continuing to fall slightly, some drivers are still not getting the message about the dangers, especially men in their 20s who are still the most prolific offenders. The number of crashes, where at least one driver was over the limit, dropped by 930 between 2010 and 2013 (6620 in 2010 and 5690 in 2013) but the number of people killed in that kind of crash has remained at around the same level – 240 per year since 2010.
Almost 13% of men aged between 20 and 29, who were breathalysed after a crash in 2014, were over the legal drink drive limit and another 5% had some alcohol in their system.
On average almost 26 people are killed or seriously injured in drink drive crashes per week in Great Britain. That means, between now and 25th December, another 66 people could end up opening presents in hospital beds, or simply not all after being involved in a drink drive crash. The safest thing to do, is not to drink any alcohol at all if you are planning to get behind the wheel of a car or on a motorbike.
This is why Brake, the road safety charity is calling for a zero tolerance approach to alcohol and driving. Gary Rae, director of communications and campaigns for Brake, the road safety charity, said: “Drink and drug driving remains one of the biggest causes of devastating road crashes; often young and inexperienced drivers and passengers are involved and frequently they are the tragic victims. 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 twenties. We are calling on the UK government to introduce a zero-tolerance drink drive limit.”