Almost two-thirds of British drivers believe that they are perfectly safe to drink and drive, and one in 10 believe they can drink more than the legal limit this Christmas and still be safe behind the wheel. Those are the findings of a survey carried out poll specialist YouGov, and commissioned by Privilege Insurance, and they fly in the face of the advice of experts who insist that even a single pint of beer or glass of wine can reduce reaction times, cause loss of concentration and impair judgement.
The survey also fed back data on the differing attitudes to drink-driving around the UK. The most dangerous area of the country for drink-driving is the North West, where 66 per cent of respondents considered it safe to drink and drive, and 16 per cent would still do so when over the legal blood-alcohol limit.
The safest region surveyed was the North East, where only 51 per cent of respondents admitted to drink driving, and 12 per cent said they would drive over the limit.