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3% of Drivers in Personal Injury Claims Failed Breathalyzer Test

Posted in: Road Traffic Accidents 

New evidence from breath test data shows that 3% of all those involved in personal injury claims failed to pass a breathalyzer test following their road traffic accident.

The data comes following the lowering of the Scottish drink driving limit on December 5th, with a pint of beer or small glass of wine potentially putting drivers over the limit.

Casualties Found Over the Limit

The data follows a trend following evidence from 2012 which show that there were 230 drink drive deaths in 2012. Of the 1,430 drink drive killed or seriously injured casualties in 2012, 6% of killed motorcyclists and almost 25% of vehicle drivers were found to be over the alcohol limit when they died. 

A new survey from the AA found that almost 20% of drivers were willing to risk driving the next morning after a heavy night of drinking, despite the risk of failing a breathalyzer test. One in five drivers admitted to running the risk despite knowing that the new laws in Scotland have changed, and that as a result they could run the risk of losing their license. 

New Scottish Drink Drive Limit

The current Scottish system is below the rest of the UK limit with the limit lowered from 80mgs to 50mgs. The move by the Scottish Government has led for calls to lower the rest of the UK’s limit, which is currently the second highest in Europe.

The survey carried out by the AA showed that despite 20% willing to risk being over the limit, 54% of those surveyed tended to opt to have a designated driver on the evening of a night out. Although this result was a positive from the survey, AA president Edmund King believed that a major issue was with people driving the following morning, with the same penalties still in place. He said:

“Alcohol levels in the body can still mean that drivers are over the limit the following morning and we want to ensure that people are fully aware of this when they are making the decision whether or not to get behind the wheel.”

“The only safe method is to drink less or give adequate time for the alcohol to leave your system.”

“The same penalties, such as minimum year’s ban, for drink driving apply the morning after as they do the night before.”

“It is encouraging to see that many people are choosing to select a designated driver before a night out”

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