30/10/2014

One In Four Would Drink And Drive

A new survey has revealed that one in four people in Northern Ireland would drive after having one alcoholic drink.

The Road Safety Monitor Survey, which was published today (30 October), also found that one in two passengers would get into a car with a driver who had consumed one alcoholic drink.

Elsewhere, 83% of respondents said they would support moves for police to stop motorists and carry out random breathalyser tests.
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Mark H Durkan, Road Safety Minister, admitted he was concerned about the findings. Commenting on the report, he 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.

"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."

(JP/IT)

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