Company car drivers twice as likely to drink-drive

Company car drivers twice as likely to drink-drive
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RAC warn one in five company car drivers admits to getting behind the wheel despite thinking they may be over the drink-drive limit the morning after a Christmas party – more than double that of private vehicle owners.

The RAC research, which asked motorists about their driving habits over the previous year, also saw one in 20 company car drivers (5%) admit to driving immediately after drinking alcohol that evening. This compares to 3% of private motorists.

Research from the Government’s THINK! anti drink-driving campaign indicates a significant shift in attitude since the first public information film was aired 50 years ago. The Department for Transport statistics suggest nine in 10 respondents (91%) agree drink-driving is unacceptable and 92% of people say they would feel ashamed if they were caught drinking and driving. This compares to more than half of male drivers who admitted drink-driving on a weekly basis in 1979.

RAC Business Services director David Aldridge said: “While we have seen a huge, and welcome, shift in attitudes to drink-driving since the 1970s, our research has revealed that a significant number of drivers are still taking unnecessary risks when getting behind the wheel after a night out.”

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