Think twice before drink driving this Christmas

IT’S ONE OF the biggest problems across the country at Christmas – people who’ve had a few drinks deciding that “chancing it” and driving home is a good idea.

Think twice before drink driving this Christmas

Likewise, there are those who decide to drive the morning after having a bellyful of alcohol during the festive season.

284,000 people, a huge number amounting to one driver in ten, have admitted to drink driving in the last year according to a Road Safety Authority (RSA) survey.

This year the gardaí and the RSA are approaching their anti drink driving campaign from a slightly different angle; they’ve produced a video of just what happens when someone is stopped by gardaí in his or her car the morning after a heavy night.

Of those prosecuted for drink driving offences in the last 12 months the overwhelming majority, 85.4%, were male.

55.3% of those convicted were aged between 20 and 39.

The red alert times for people arrested for drink-driving are Sunday morning (16%) and Saturday morning (10%). Fully 45.7% of convictions come as a result of arrests made between midnight and 6am.

Alex Todd Brand Manager at seguromo commented "You are much more likely to be involved in an accident that could result in your death or the death of another road user after drinking alcohol and also the morning after."

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