Survey Reveals Alarming Attitude Towards Drink-Driving
The number of women convicted of drink-driving has virtually doubled in recent years, the Guardian has reported. As such, female motorists accounted for nine percent of convictions in 1998 but seventeen percent in 2012. These facts come courtesy of a survey from Direct Line and the Rees Jeffreys Road Fund. Furthermore, seventeen percent of the respondents “thought they had driven” while over the legal limit in the last twelve months. The most common excuse was that a perpetrator felt physically fit to drive (fifty-nine percent). In reality, however, nobody can be certain. Seventeen percent, in contrast, claimed to have no alternative – typically due to a family emergency - and fourteen percent took the risk as they thought there was little risk of being caught.
Road Safety Minister Discusses Drink-Driving
Road Safety Minister, Robert Goodwill, said: "In 2013, eight hundred and three women failed a breathalyser test after an accident and that is eight hundred and three too many.” He added: “That is why we are cracking down on the minority who drink and drive by introducing a new offence of causing serious injury by dangerous driving and closing loopholes in the law to make it easier for police to prosecute drink-drivers, as well as tackling the menace of those who drive under the influence of illegal drugs. Later this year we'll launch the next phase of the THINK! campaign on drink-driving”, he concluded.
The Penalties Of Drink-Driving
The penalties of drink-driving can be significant. A perpetrator who drives/attempts to drive could, therefore, be imprisoned for six months. This might be in addition to a £5,000 fine and a one year ban. Such penalties can lead to unemployment, a criminal record, financial hardship, embarrassment and increased insurance premiums (once the motorist is allowed back on the road). More serious is if the offender kills (say) a driver or pedestrian. The penalty could then rise to fourteen years imprisonment, an unlimited fine and two year ban. There is also the physiological stress of coping with such a tragic situation. This is felt by family and friends too. Furthermore, it is an offence not to provide a breath, blood or urine sample for analysis if requested by the police. An offender might otherwise use this technique to escape the repercussions of his/her actions. The penalty could be six months imprisonment, a £5,000 fine and a one year ban.