Young drivers most likely to drink alcohol and get behind the wheel
29 May 2007

The number of people caught drink-driving in the UK is on the rise again – and those under 25 years old are most likely to be the culprits.

According to police figures, a disproportionately large number of drink-drive offenders or casualties are aged between 17 and 24 years old.

In Leicestershire, drink-driving is at the highest level for a decade, and many other police forces have expressed concern at the rise among young drivers.

In the 1980s and 1990s, the majority of drink-driver offenders were older, but government campaigns also hit home with young drivers. The number of offenders fell.

Now it seems that there’s a generation of young drivers who haven’t got the message.The government says that it will target the young in its new drink-driving campaigns, but the problem is enforcement. Speed cameras can’t catch drink-drivers; only greater numbers of police on the road.

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