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Quarter of cyclists admit to taking to the roads while drunk

That’s the finding of research by car leasing company Flexed.co.uk who says that while cyclists are probably at more risk to themselves while under the influence, there's still the possibility of serious life-changing accidents that can easily be avoided with a simple phone call for a taxi home from the pub.

The company quizzed 1,200 people who own (or have owned) a bicycle on questions including whether they'd ridden a bike while drunk specifically to avoid getting points on their driving licence because they knew they'd be 'having a few'. In total 16% said yes, whilst 84% said no.

Responses included:

"I've got nine points on my driving licence as it is. I take the old bike to the pub, just in case I have a few jars too many."

"I'm not stupid, I stay off the roads and ride on the pavement instead."

"I had no idea it was against the law! I might take a taxi in future."

In fact, nine out of ten (88%) didn't know that drunk cycling was a specific offence, according to Section 30 of the Road Traffic Act.

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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.