Monday 18 December 2017

Policy of 'none for the road' is the only way to tackle our motorist death figures

Four in 10 of all deaths on the road involves booze. More worrying, the number of young people who drink and drive is rising, so we have to conclude that there is little or no stigma attached to being caught. Can we ignore these warning signs?
Four in 10 of all deaths on the road involves booze. More worrying, the number of young people who drink and drive is rising, so we have to conclude that there is little or no stigma attached to being caught. Can we ignore these warning signs?

Lorraine Courtney

It's that time of year again, with barbecues fired up in every back garden and people drinking beer by the bucketload. But what happens when we think we are perfectly capable of driving ourselves home or driving to work the next morning? All too often, accidents.

Alcohol was a factor in 38pc of road deaths between 2008 and 2012, according to the latest report issued by the Road Safety Authority. The RSA said this percentage of all fatal collisions involved a driver, motorcyclist, cyclist or pedestrian who had consumed alcohol.

The report added half of all drivers of motorbikes and cars who were drinking had a blood alcohol level in excess of 201mg, or four times the legal limit. A quarter of drivers had levels above 251mg, that's five times the legal limit. The report also said: "The greatest proportion of those in the 16 to 24 and 25 to 34 age groups had in excess of 201mg of alcohol in their system."

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