Figures show many drivers don’t know their drink limits

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Almost two thirds of drivers have no idea what the legal drink-driving limit is, according to a new survey.

Research from The Co-op Insurance has revealed only 40% of drivers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland correctly said that the legal drink drive limit was 35 micrograms of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath.

Worryingly, nearly a tenth (8%) of drivers believe that it is 45 micrograms or more, but a quarter(25%) erred on the side of caution and believe that the limit is 25 micrograms.

An understanding of drink-drive limits is extremely important to try to keep the UK’s roads safe and road users and pedestrians from harm. Recent road safety figures say that drink drivers accounted for 13% of all road fatalities*

According to the DVLA, those caught driving or attempting to drive while over the legal limit or unfit through drink can receive six months’ imprisonment, an unlimited fine, a driving ban for at least one year and three years if convicted twice in 10 years.

Nick Ansley, head of motor insurance at the Co-op, said: “Drivers should be aware of drink driving limits when they take to the roads, all year round in order to keep communities safe.

“Especially at this time of year, when social occasions involving having a quick drink are common, awareness of limits are all the more necessary.

“Drink-driving is a serious offence which carries serious penalties for a reason – it can devastate lives. In addition, if you are caught drink driving, obtaining car insurance in future could be extremely difficult, and expensive.”