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Young drunk drivers believe they will not get caught

One-in-12 young drivers believe they will not get caught if they drink and drive.

The research by the road safety charity Brake and Green Flag Motoring Assistance found that younger drivers are twice as likely to think there was no chance they would get caught drink driving compared to older drivers.

Out of a survey of more than 4,000 drivers, one-in-12 young drivers (aged 17-25) thought there was no chance at all they’d get caught, compared with one-in-25 older drivers.

The findings are released as road safety campaigners prepare their responses to a government consultation on road safety compliance including enforcement of drink driving laws.

The consultation invites opinions on targeted drink drive check points by police, but falls short of proposing random drink drive testing, which would allow police to stop and breathalyse someone without reason to suspect drink driving.

At the moment, police are only allowed to stop and breathalyse a driver if they have reason to suspect they are drunk; for example if they are driving erratically.

Brake is calling on the government to implement random drink drive testing by an increased number of traffic police.

Brake is also calling for a reduction in the UK’s drink drive limit which is one of the highest in the world.

It has been calling for some years for a limit of 50mg/100ml or less, compared with the current 80mg which encourages drivers to think one or two drinks is fine – whereas the truth is that any amount of alcohol impairs driving ability.

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