One in eight Irish drivers admit to drinking-driving in the last two years
Ahead of the Christmas season, the Automobile Association (AA) has wanted motorists of the dangers of drink-driving. Their most recent research has found that one in eight motorists admitted to driving while over the legal blood-alcohol limit in the past two years.
The AA has called on the Government to provide additional resources to Gardaí to adequately police Irish roads over the Christmas period.
In a survey of almost 4,000 Irish motorists, 5.69% of the respondents stated that within the past two years, they had gotten behind of the wheel while over the blood-alcohol limit on one occasion.
Meanwhile, a further 5.90% admitted to drink-driving on up to five occasions, with 1.15% admitting to doing so on more than five occasions in the past two years.
The survey found that male drivers were slightly more likely to have driven while over the legal limit in the past two years, with 13.44% of male respondents admitting to doing so on at least one occasion compared to 11.92% of female drivers.
The research also discovered that just under a quarter of Irish motorists between the ages of 17 and 24 have driven while over the legal limit in the past two years on at least one occasion, the highest figure of any age group. Meanwhile, those over 65 were the least likely to have done so according to the survey, with 10.41% of motorists in this age bracket admitting to having driven while over the limit.
“Drink-driving has long been a scourge on Irish society and while such behaviour has become reprehensible in the eyes of most of us, there is still a significant minority who are selfishly willing to risk the safety of other road users rather than behaving responsibly,” Conor Faughnan, AA Director of Consumer Affairs stated.
Last week, An Garda Síochána announced plans for their six week Christmas and New Year road safety campaign, which began over the weekend.