Alarming statistics

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HOGMANAY may have come and gone, but a survey by BSM still makes alarming reading.

Their research shows only six out of 10 young people would definitely try to persuade a drunk friend not to drive.

And seven per cent would definitely not, or be unlikely to, try to persuade a friend not to drink-drive.

A gender split was evident with just over one in 10 young male drivers saying they definitely would not, or be quite or very unlikely to, try to persuade a drunk friend not to drive. This fell to almost seven per cent for women.

Women were far more likely than men to say they would definitely try to persuade a friend not to drive after drinking.

Of those who had been involved in a car accident in the previous 12 months as a passenger, 16 per cent said it was at least partly because the driver was over the legal alcohol limit.

Twelve per cent of young drivers who had been involved in a car accident in the previous 12 months said it was at least partly because they were over the legal alcohol limit.

Mark Peacock, head of BSM, said: “If you are driving the safest way to ensure you are not over the legal limit is to take a ‘zero tolerance’ policy and stay away from alcohol completely.”