AA warns of drink driving amid mild weather

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Car Rental News - 28/11/2011


Warm weather over the upcoming festive season could cause a resurgence of drink driving, according to the AA.

The group said that severe snowfall and colder weather conditions over the last two Christmas seasons had reduced the number of drink drivers on the road. Still, 5 per cent of drivers have reported having been driven by another motorist that was over the legal limit in the past three years, according to a recent AA/Populus survey.

The warning comes as part of the AA’s anti drink drive Christmas campaign in cooperation with drink firm Pernod Ricard. The two groups now say that predicted milder conditions could lead to an increase on last year’s number of Christmas drink-drive fatalities, which was a record low.

The group’s report, which was compiled via the results of some 18,000 surveyed drivers from throughout the UK, revealed that 16 per cent of those 18 to 24 years of age had been given a ride by a drink driver over the last 36 months. London saw the highest proportion of such reports, despite having arguably the UK’s best public transportation links.

In addition to milder weather, campaigners say that three years worth of new motorists will likely be driving for the first time at Christmas time in 2011.

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