Posted on 20/12/2012
Motoring law specialists are warning young drivers about risking their licence, their job and their reputation this Christmas and New Year for the sake of a few drinks.
Figures show that under-25s were the worst offenders for drink or drug driving in last year’s month-long festive clampdown.
This year, economic factors could see record numbers of young motorists choosing to drive home after a night out with work colleagues or friends to save cash. Some will knowingly drive while over the limit and others will misjudge their alcohol intake or its effect.
Natali Farrell of Just Motor Law, whose experts have compiled a free download guide addressing the frequently asked legal questions on drink driving, said: “Sometimes it is easy to be swept along with your friends and make a snap decision that has far reaching, negative and expensive consequences.
“A recent survey revealed that a quarter of drivers, especially 18 to 24 year olds, are concerned that they will be tempted or feel pressurised to have ‘one for the road’ at parties.
“The risks are high. A conviction for drink driving often costs a person their job, and of course it can cost lives too. Some police forces are even naming and shaming drink drivers motorists this year.
“Our advice is to avoid temptation by planning ahead and discussing travel arrangements with family, friends and work colleagues in advance.
“Unless you are confident of not drinking any alcohol at all, arrange your lift home with a non drinking and full licence holding colleague, book a taxi and team up with others to share the expense, or sweet talk mum or dad or a partner to collect you.
“Planning ahead avoids falling foul to peer pressure so you can focus on enjoying the festivities rather than waking up in a police cell facing criminal charges, the loss of your licence and possibly your job too.”
Up to 200,000 motorists are breath-tested in UK-wide crackdowns each year and around 7,000 arrests made for suspected drink driving or for being under the influence of drugs.
Just Motor Law’s free guide ‘Drink Driving Offences’ can be downloaded free, simply visit www.justmotorlaw.co.uk