A NEW research has proven that hundreds of thousands of motorists could possibly be unknowingly getting behind the wheel whereas over the drink-drive restrict.
Analysis commissioned by UK highway security charity, IAM RoadSmart, has revealed that as much as 4 in ten drivers (42%) of the 1,004 motorists surveyed have no idea the authorized drink-drive restrict in England, Wales and Northern Eire.
This doubtlessly represents over 15 million of the 35 million individuals who possess a full driving licence within the UK.
Solely round one in 5 (23%) of these surveyed knew the right drink-drive restrict in England, Wales and Northern Eire – 35 micrograms per 100 millilitres of breath.
In the meantime, consciousness in Scotland was larger with six in ten (60%) of these surveyed understanding the restrict which presently stands at 22 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath.
As well as, of the 585 who answered that they knew the drink-drive restrict for England, Wales and Northern Eire, lower than half (40%) truly answered accurately.
These findings have involved IAM RoadSmart, who’re reminding drivers that whereas they might assume they know what number of drinks will usually tip them over the restrict, that quantity might truly fail a breathalyser check.
Neil Greig, Director of Coverage and Analysis at IAM RoadSmart, mentioned: “Our analysis highlights that there’s nonetheless an actual ignorance concerning how a lot alcohol is an excessive amount of earlier than it’s unlawful to drive.
“We want to remind drivers that particular person traits comparable to physique weight, meals consumption, gender and metabolism can even have an effect on the studying.
“Because of this we’ll at all times suggest ‘none for the highway’.”
The survey’s findings have additionally led the charity to reiterate its plea to the federal government to roll out a better bundle of longer-term measures to assist drive down the variety of drink-drivers on Britain’s roads.
This contains a decrease drink-drive restrict throughout the UK, according to Scotland’s restrict to strengthen good?behaviour, a quick monitor of?evidential roadside testing machines to launch police sources and obligatory drink-drive rehabilitation programs for all drivers caught over the restrict.?
Neil concluded: “A prosecution for drink-driving will affect the remainder of your life by means of public humiliation, lack of earnings, household break up and a felony report, in addition to including actual hazard to our roads.
“We estimate that the final drink that takes you over the restrict might price you as much as £70,000. If that isn’t a sobering thought, then nothing is.”