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Short trip drivers 'will drink'

MOTORISTS taking only a short journey can be sucked into drinking and driving, a survey showed today.

The most common excuse for getting behind the wheel after consuming alcohol was: "It's only down the road," according to a survey of more than 18,000 drivers.

The next most popular excuse was: "I've had food, so that will have soaked the alcohol up."

Offenders also cited claims such as "It's been a while since the last drink," and "There won't be any traffic around."

Some of those surveyed by the AA and Populus also reckoned they would not get caught, while it was the 18- to 24-year-olds in the survey who had heard the "only down the road" excuse the most.

AA president Edmund King said: "There is no excuse for drink-driving. Drivers must accept responsibility and stop making excuses for drinking and driving.

"A short journey is not a valid excuses for breaking the law and putting lives at risk. The 'it's only down the road' excuse can easily end up with a trip to the morgue. Our key message is if you are going to drink, don't drive."