Main Content

Drink-drive danger message 'needs to be extended'

New figures from the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) have highlighted an ongoing lack of awareness surrounding alcohol consumption in the UK.

As part of ACPO's latest summer drink-driving campaign, the body undertook more than 68,000 random roadside breathalyser tests for motorists between June 1st and 30th, with the results showing a considerable proportion of vehicle operators are still not heeding the message that drinking and driving do not mix.

Overall, one in 15 people (6.5 per cent) asked to provide a sample of breath either failed the test or refused to do so - this is 1.3 percentage points higher than during the same period last year.

Moreover, the rate of failure grew in the under-25s age category, with a 7.5 per cent failure rate for this group.

Julie Townsend, deputy chief executive at road safety charity Brake, argued more now needs to be done to educate all drivers on the dangers they face when drinking and getting behind the wheel of a vehicle.

"To stamp out the menace of drink-driving, we need the government to introduce a zero tolerance drink-drive limit, rather than asking drivers to do the impossible and guess if they are safe to drive," Ms Townsend stated. "The law needs to make it crystal clear that drinking any amount of alcohol makes you a danger at the wheel."

Indeed, drivers need to have their wits about them at all times when getting behind the wheel of a vehicle and therefore their concentration should not be impeded by the consumption of alcohol.

One way motorists could improve their levels of concentration would be to invest in portable oxygen equipment to keep them alert. However, it is essential to remember that this type of equipment should never be used when the vehicle is in motion.

Posted by Stewart ElliottADNFCR-2960-ID-801738163-ADNFCR

Bookmark and Share Subscribe to the News RSS feed

Related articles

Best sellers

  • 3409")Oxygen in a can (15 Litres) with breathing mask and tubing

    Was £31.99

    Now £17.99



Item added to your basket.

  • 1901")Oxygen in a can (110 Litres) with valve and mask

    Was £119.99

    Now £99.99



Item added to your basket.

  • 1898")Oxygen in a can (2 litres) with inhaler cap

    Was £7.99

    Now £4.99



Item added to your basket.

  • 1906")Oxyfit 110 Litre Replacement Bottle

    Was £99.99

    Now £79.99



Item added to your basket.

  • 1904")Shoulder Bag

    £4.99



Item added to your basket.

View more best sellers

Specials

  • 3410")Oxyfit 15 Litre Replacement Oxygen Aerosol Can for Soft Mask kit

    Was £19.99

    Now £14.99



Item added to your basket.

  • 3409")Oxygen in a can (15 Litres) with breathing mask and tubing

    Was £31.99

    Now £17.99



Item added to your basket.

  • 1898")Oxygen in a can (2 litres) with inhaler cap

    Was £7.99

    Now £4.99



Item added to your basket.

  • 1906")Oxyfit 110 Litre Replacement Bottle

    Was £99.99

    Now £79.99



Item added to your basket.

  • 1901")Oxygen in a can (110 Litres) with valve and mask

    Was £119.99

    Now £99.99



Item added to your basket.

View more special offers