Brake, the national road safety charity, has pledged their support for the latest police campaign targeting drink drivers. After Christmas the summer is one of the most dangerous periods on the road, with drinking and driving becoming much more widespread than other times of the year. The Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) launched their summer drink and drug driving enforcement campaign at the beginning of the month and it’s designed to raise awareness of the dangers as well as catch people in the act.
The ACPO campaign involves the setting up of more roadside alcohol and drug checks as well as general awareness sessions. The campaign follows one from 2013 which saw 100,892 drivers breathalysed, with over 5,000 failing. ACPO publish all their figures and give the wider public the true picture of drink driving and how widespread it becomes.
Dangers of Drink Driving
The improvement of weather in the summer means that people spend a lot more time out and about, enjoying barbecues and a drink along the way. The World Cup too results in more drinking and sometimes common sense is forgotten and plenty of people get behind the wheel when heavily or even slightly under the influence. Brake has their own campaign, Not a drop, Not a drag which is designed to stop drinking and drug taking of any level behind the wheel as the risks are simply too high.
Brake statistics suggest that one in six deaths on roads in the UK are caused by drink drivers over the legal limit (80mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood). It is also important to recognise that drivers with lower levels of alcohol (between 20mg and 50mg per 100ml of blood) are still a higher risk on the roads and more likely to be involved in an accident than those who haven’t had an alcoholic drink at all.
Whilst legal limits are quite high according to Brake, this is an issue for the government and Brake has called for zero tolerance on drink driving with a limit of 20mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood rather than higher levels, creating even safer roads and less risk of a drink driving accident. The limit in the UK is much higher than almost all countries in Europe.
Road Traffic Accident Compensation
If you’re involved in an accident where the negligent party is under the influence of alcohol then the chance of them being found at fault is usually higher. Police attending the event and taking breath samples is essential to prove this fact.
Road traffic accidents rarely occur with injury or loss of some kind. Claiming compensation as the victim of an accident is your right and Lamb & Co work with clients of all walks of life, some of whom have been the victim of negligent drivers under the influence.
Enjoying the summer sun is one thing but driving under the influence is another that should be avoided at all costs.