We take a look at the call for lower drink drive limits, the amount of drink drive offences in GB and whether people think punishments for convicted drunk drivers are harsh enough.
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The incidence of drink driving in Great Britain has fallen dramatically over the last 10 years. At the same time, public support has grown for cracking down even more on drink drivers and instituting harsher punishments. Here’s a glimpse.
>> 66% support lowering the legal drink driving limit.
>> 28% support a zero-tolerance policy.
>> 79% say a decrease in the limit wouldn’t affect their enjoyment of an evening out.
Current Typical Punishment for Drink Driving:
Reported Drink Driving Accidents over Time in Great Britain
>> In 2009, 63 per cent of all drink-drive accidents occurred on a Friday, Saturday, or Sunday.
>> Nearly half of those occurred between 9 p.m. and 3 a.m.
Drink-Driving Accidents, by Number of Vehicles Involved
Three or More Vehicles
Young people aged 17 to 19 have the highest frequency of being in drink-driving accidents, nearly three times greater than the average rate.
Drink Drive Accidents per 100,000 Licence Holders, by Age
60 or over
Male drivers are the most common victims of drink-driving accidents; however, roughly 1/3 of all drinking-related accidents result in injuries to car passengers.
By Gender, Great Britain
Male Casualties 69%
Female Casualties 31%
By Casualty Type, Great Britain
Car Drivers 55%
Car Passengers 31%
*Due to rounding, figures do not total 100.
SOURCES: DEPARTMENT FOR TRANSPORT, INSITUTE OF ADVANCED MOTORISTS
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