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80% of drink-drive crashes involve men – but casualties disproportionately affect women

Jack Cousens, head of roads policy for the AA warned these could be passengers and warned parents to ensure they know who are driving their children home from a night out.
 
He said the data showed “unsettling trends” relating to drink-drive incidents which could be a safety risk for many.
 
Mr Cousens said: “Many of these women will be passengers and the AA has long warned parents to be wary of who might be driving cars their daughters, and sons for that matter, are passengers in.
 
“Overall, drink-drive road accidents are up three percent year on year but significantly lower than in 2016. They account for one in eight road deaths.

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“Ironically, one of the few good things to come out of the coronavirus epidemic should be a big drop in drink-drive road accidents and casualties. However, that shouldn’t be allowed to hide unsettling trends related to this type of incident.”
 
The DfT has revealed they are set to focus their work on “young male drivers” in response to the shocking data.
 
They reveal their latest THINK! Campaign targeting younger drivers has led to an 11 percent rise in the number of young men agreeing that it is unacceptable to drive after drinking.
 
A statement said: “Drink driving is truly unacceptable. It’s a senseless act that puts everyone at risk.

The government is also investigating whether alcolocks could be installed in vehicles for those on reoffending programmes.
 
These tools measure a driver’s breath and will stop a vehicle from starting if the alcohol level is too high.
 
According to GOV.UK motorists can be hit with severe penalties if they are caught drink driving.
 
Driving or attempting to drive while above the legal limit can see drivers hit with a six month jail sentence.

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