Posted on 07/08/2012
MOTORING lawyers said they are bracing themselves for a surge in young revellers committing drink, drugs and car insurance offences during this summer’s music festivals. Hundreds of thousands of music lovers, mostly under the age of 30, will get behind the wheel to attend UK festivals in July and August. Some will be tempted to break the law, risking points on their licence, hefty fines, a ban or even jail.
Matt Reynolds, a solicitor with Liverpool-based Just Motor Law, said: “There is no Glastonbury in 2012 but there are still dozens of music festivals from now till September across the UK, some attracting up to 70,000 people. Traditionally we deal with a lot of festival goers arrested for motoring offences. “Drink-driving is a common offence, especially by young men in their early 20s. Statistics show they are four times more likely to fail a breath test if involved in a car accident than any other age group.
“Festivals also see a sharp rise in the use of illegal drugs which can seriously impair a motorist’s judgement. For instance, cannabis distorts a driver’s perception of time and distance, cocaine causes aggressive and risky driving, while Ecstasy causes blurred vision.”
Mr Reynolds added: “Another growing area of concern is people driving without insurance because they cannot afford rising premiums. Police often use automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) cameras to scan number plates and flag up uninsured cars on routes to and from festivals.”
The summer festivals this year started with The Stone Roses at Manchester’s Heaton Pasrk last weekend and continue with T in the Park this weekend, V Festival (August 18 and 19) and three major events over the August bank holiday weekend - Creamfields, which attracts tens of thousands of dance music fans to Daresbury, Reading and Leeds festivals.