A new study has shown that nearly two thirds (60%) of motorists haven’t a clue what the legal drink driving limit is.
Only 40% of drivers in the UK correctly said that the legal drink drive limit was 35 micrograms of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath. Nearly a tenth (8%) of drivers believe that it is 45 micrograms or more, however a quarter (25%) erred on the side of caution and believe that the limit is 25 micrograms.
Older drivers aged over 55 (42%) are most clued up about drink drive limits, however it is motorists aged 35-44 who are least aware, with only 38% knowing their limits. Men are more certain on limits, with almost half (47%) correctly answering the question in comparison with a third (35%) of women.
An understanding of drink drive limits is vital to try to keep Britain’s roads safe and road users and pedestrians protected. Recent road safety figures state that drink drivers account for 13% of all road fatalities. According to the DVLA, those caught driving, or trying to drive whilst over the legal limit – or unfit through drink, can receive: six months’ imprisonment, an unlimited fine, and a driving ban for at least one year (three years if convicted twice in 10 years).
Drivers in Scotland fare slightly better than their counterparts from across the British Isles, however over half (56%) still couldn’t say what the Scottish drink drive limit is – 22 micrograms of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath.
Nick Ansley of Motor Insurance at the Co-op – the body that carried out the survey – said: “Drivers should be aware of drink driving limits when they take to the roads, all year round, in order to keep communities safe. Drink driving is a serious offence which carries major penalties for a reason – it can ruin lives. What’s more, if you are caught drink driving, getting motor insurance cover in the future could be woefully difficult, and expensive.”