Young Drivers More Likely to Drink and Drive
Young drivers are the most likely to drink and drive even though they are the least experienced group of motorists on our roads. Official figures show young drivers under the age of 25 are proportionally more than 50% likely to get behind the wheel while under the influence of alcohol.
The Association of Chief Police Officers’ figures show that 28,228 under-25s were breath tested during the annual Christmas anti-drink-drive campaign. Of that number, 1788 (6.33%) failed the breath test.
More drivers aged over 25-years old were stopped and tested as part of the campaign, with 74,327 drivers stopped and checked. From this group, 4042 (3.94%) failed the test.
Despite fewer overall roadside breath tests being carried out, police used an intelligence-led approach to target drivers more likely to drink and drive. This approach saw the number of young drivers testing positive for excessive alcohol in their breath rose from 1675 in 2013 to 1788 in 2014.
Kevin Clinton, Head of Road Safety for RoSPA (the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents), said: ‘While it is good news that the police are adopting an intelligence-led approach to target their resources at drivers most likely to be drinking, it’s also important that the overall number of breath tests is maintained.
‘What is also worrying is the number of young people who are driving while under the influence of alcohol. Around 250 people are killed in drink-drive accidents every year and it is not just the drivers who suffer, but often their passengers, people in other vehicles, pedestrians, cyclists or motorcyclists, and the families of everyone involved.’