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22% of motorists likely to drink and drive over festive season

The survey of over 1,000 drivers by vehicle leasing company OSV Ltd revealed that men were five times more likely than women to drink and drive this holiday.

Young drivers were also revealed to be the biggest culprits of drink driving this Christmas, with 16% of motorists in this age bracket making the admission, followed by 9% of motorists in the 55 to 64 age range. 

The survey also showed that motorists based in Scotland are more likely to drink and drive than motorists based anywhere else in the UK this Christmas. A total of 8% from Scotland made the admission, closely followed by 6% of motorists located in England.

Reasons why people drink and drive vary but popular excuses include peer pressure, feeling ok to drive and price of taxis.

Co-founder of OSV Ltd, Debbie Kirkley said: “Drivers need to be more aware of the dangers and consequences that drink driving can bring.

“Not only can you ruin your own life, you can also ruin the lives of others. No matter what time of the year it is, it is important to drive responsibly and without being under the influence of alcohol.”

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.