by Rajashri on  July 17, 2009 at 7:44 PM Alcohol & Drug Abuse News
 Survey Finds Older Drivers More Prone to Drink Driving
A new survey has indicated that older drivers are more likely to indulge in drink-driving than their younger counterparts, who text more while behind the wheel.

During the survey, headed by the British motoring organisation Royal Automobile Club plc (RAC), nearly a third of 45 to 64-year-olds confessed to driving while potentially over the drink-drive limit as compared to just 24 per cent of 17 to 24-year-olds

But more than a quarter of 17 to 24-year-olds occasionally resorted to texting, while 10 per cent admitted being under the influence of drugs while driving.

"This year's report clearly shows a generational divide among motorists as regards their vices," Sky News quoted RAC motoring strategist Adrian Tink as saying.

"Younger drivers have many good habits that bode well for the future of motoring, but their attitude towards drug-driving is worrying, particularly as the number of fatal accidents involving drugs has increased by 28 per cent in recent years.

"For other motorists, there's still work to do on tackling the drink-drive culture, and raising awareness of environmental driving issues," he added.

A spokesman for Alcohol Concern thinks that drivers need to be reminded about how much they are drinking.

The spokesman said: "Units have crept up over the past couple of years from 125ml to 250ml glasses and I think people don't realise that they may be over the limit. Also, while the Government does good campaigns at Christmas to remind people, it's often much more lax for the rest of the year. People in rural areas, particularly, who take their cars to the pub tend to forget about the limit."

Source: ANI

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