10% of Irish motorists have driven after consuming alcohol in past 12 months

10% of Irish motorists have driven after consuming alcohol in past 12 months

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New research from the Road Safety Authority (RSA), carried out in January and February this year, highlighted alarming Irish attitudes towards alcohol and driving, particularly among young adults. This research revealed that 10% of Irish motorists have admitted to driving after consuming alcohol in the past 12 months and this figure rises to 16% for those under the age of 24. Our latest research supports this finding, with a similar number of people (8%) admitting to driving after consuming alcohol in the past 12 months.

Drinkaware echoes the appeal from the RSA and An Garda Síochána to never ever drink and drive. We would like to remind drivers that the time of your last drink will affect when it is safe for you to drive the following day. It takes one hour for your body to process one standard drink and there’s no quick fix – only time.

To date this year, 95 people have been killed in 88 fatal crashes on Irish roads. This is sixteen less when compared to the same period last year, where 111 people were killed in 103 fatal crashes. Last year two people were killed on Irish roads over the August bank holiday weekend, while there were 166 arrests for drink driving.

Key findings from the results:

  • 73% of Irish motorists claim that having no alcohol before driving is the only way to be safe
  • 14% of male motorists and 6% of female motorists have driven following the consumption of alcohol
  • 16% of those under 24 have admitted to drinking and driving in the past twelve months, up from 7% in 2015 and 4% in 2014.
  • The research suggests that ‘high risk drivers’, especially those who admit to using a mobile phone while driving, are twice as likely to have admitted to drink driving in the past 12 months.

Ms Moyagh Murdock, Chief Executive, Road Safety Authority, said: “Consuming any alcohol impairs driving and increases the risk of a collision. The majority of motorists display good driving behaviour however there are a minority of people engaging in risky behaviour while driving. Saving lives on Irish roads requires a zero-tolerance attitude to drink-driving. That is why the RSA supports the move to introduce an automatic disqualification for drivers found to be over the legal alcohol limit of 50mg / 100 ml of blood.”

Chief Superintendent Aidan Reid, Roads Policing Bureau, An Garda Síochána, reminded drivers that they can be breath tested not only at mandatory intoxicant checkpoints but also after committing any road traffic offence or after being involved in a fatal or injury collision.

Read the full report on the RSA website