One in four would drive after taking an alcoholic drink

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Tuesday, November 18th, 2014
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The annual Road Safety Monitor Survey has revealed that one in four drivers would drive after one alcoholic drink. The survey, also found that one in two passengers would get into a car with a driver who has had one drink. Responding to these statistics, Road Safety Minister Mark H Durkan, expressed concern that some people are being too complacent when it comes to drink driving. The Minister also highlighted the Survey findings that almost half those surveyed are prepared to travel as a passenger in a car in which the driver has had one alcoholic drink. Mark H Durkan said, “I am concerned that a quarter of drivers would get behind the wheel of a car after one alcoholic drink. My message to all drivers is clear, just one drink will impair your driving ability. “Drinking alcohol and choosing to drive can have tragic consequences and I would urge everyone to play their part in persuading drivers to Never Ever Drink and Drive. He added, “My Road Traffic Amendment Bill, which is currently being scrutinised by the Environment Committee will introduce lower drink drive limits, plans for random breathalyser testing, a new penalty regime and powers for roadside check-points.”

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