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Young, male drivers still most prolific drink drive offenders

So says road safety charity Brake as it highlights that more than 1 in 10 male drivers aged 20-29 involved in crashes are over the legal drink drive limit.

The organisation adds that almost 13% of men aged between 20 and 29, who were breathalysed after a crash in 2014, were over the legal drink drive limit and another 5 percent had some alcohol in their system.

On average almost 26 people are killed or seriously injured in drink drive crashes per week in Great Britain.

That means, between now and 25th December, another 66 people could end up opening presents in hospital beds, or simply not all after being involved in a drink drive crash.

Gary Rae, director of communications and campaigns for Brake, the road safety charity, said: “Drink and drug driving remains one of the biggest causes of devastating road crashes; often young and inexperienced drivers and passengers are involved and frequently they are the tragic victims. We must continue to send a clear message to all drivers, but especially young men, that drinking and driving is a lethal cocktail. It’s shocking to see how many crashes, many involving deaths and serious injuries, have involved men in their 20s. We are calling on the UK government to introduce a zero-tolerance drink drive limit.”

Last week saw the Government's THINK! campaign unveil its Christmas drink-drive message highlighting the dangers of having a second drink.

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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.