Despite efforts and annual campaigns to tackle drink and drug driving, many people continue to break the law when getting behind the wheel.
As road traffic defence lawyers we see lives ruined all too often, especially around the festive period when people are tempted to drive during or after a night out.
We have commissioned research asking over 2,000 motorists their thoughts and experiences on driving whilst under the influence of drink or drugs.
To support the research we will be releasing a series of blogs which highlight the dangers of both drug driving and drink driving.
Our recent study which quizzed over 2,000 UK drivers, found that one in seven young adults aged 25-34 have driven whilst under the influence of drugs.
We found this to be the age band most likely to have driven under the influence of drugs (15 per cent) and that the fear of getting caught doesn’t put four in 10 (42 per cent) of people within this age band off.
A shocking 14 per cent of 25-34 year-olds said it was possible that they might take drugs and drive this Christmas. They were also the most likely to have driven whilst possibly over the legal alcohol within the last few years with 23 per cent compared to only 14 per cent of over 55 year-olds.
The young adults thought themselves most likely to drink and drink this Christmas too, with 23 per cent of 17-24 year-olds and 21 per cent of 25-34 year-olds admitting it is possible. Meanwhile, London proved the most likely region for motorists to drink drive at Christmas with 22 per cent accepting the possibility.
Top Five Drink Drive Cities This Christmas
According to the respondents to our research survey the top five cities for drink driving at Christmas in the UK are:
Men VS Women
Our research found men to be bigger risk takers on the roads.
More men than women admitted to driving whilst on drugs, both illegal and legal highs as well as prescription medicine, and they were more likely to drug drive this Christmas.
Men were also more likely than women to drink drive this Christmas, to drink drive alone and to take passengers for a ride after drinking. Not only this, more men admitted having driven to work the morning after a boozy night out.
Paul Reddy is the head of road traffic defence at Slater and Gordon Lawyers. He is based in our Manchester office.