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6% of motorists have knowingly driven over the limit in last year, finds RAC

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6% of motorists surveyed admitted to driving over the limit over the last year.

Research published in the 2016 RAC Report on Motoring suggests a “softening” of attitudes towards drink driving.

6% of motorists surveyed admitted to driving over the limit over the last year, up from 3% in 2012, while the number of people who are sure they haven’t driven over the limit was found to have dropped from 89% in 2012 to 80% in 2016.

“Concern about drivers who are over the limit has also fallen in recent years which may suggest the message over the seriousness of the consequences of drink-driving has started to become lost,” commented RAC public affairs manager, Nick Lyes.

“Successive campaigns over a number of years have been effective in making drink-driving more socially unacceptable, but clearly a focus needs to remain on this so that accident rates as a result of driving under the influence do not now start rising on a more regular basis.

“We continue to believe the Government should look at the merits of a lower drink-drive limit in England and Wales, bringing it in line with Scotland and many other European countries. This data will undoubtedly add to the argument that the limit should be reviewed,” he added.

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