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Fears young men have failed to heed drink-drive warnings

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Young men in their 20s are still the drivers most likely to disregard drink-driving laws, new statistics suggest.

Road safety charity Brake has analysed the figures and found that those in this group remain the most “prolific” offenders, despite a proliferation of public awareness campaigns.

Over one in ten male drivers, aged 20-29, who were breathalysed following a crash last year, were found to be over the drink-drive limit. A further five per cent had alcohol in their system.

Gary Rae, the charity’s director of communications and campaigns, said: Drink and drug-driving remains one of the biggest causes of devastating road crashes; often young and inexperienced drivers and passengers are involved and frequently they are the tragic victims.

“We must continue to send a clear message to all drivers, but especially young men, that drinking and driving is a lethal cocktail.

“It’s shocking to see how many crashes, many involving deaths and serious injuries, have involved men in their 20s. We are calling on the UK government to introduce a zero-tolerance drink drive limit.”

Statistics show that the number of crashes, where at least one driver was over the limit, dropped by 930 between 2010 and 2013.  However, the number of people killed in this type of collision has remained at around the same level – 240 annually since 2010.

If you are facing drink-driving charges, it is important to seek legal advice at the earliest opportunity to ensure the best possible representation. For further details about how Lester Morrill’s road traffic team can help you, please contact us.

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