Young drivers at greater risk of drink-drive related collisions

10.19 | 10 October | | 1 comment

Young drivers are six and a half times more likely to be involved in a drink-drive related collision than someone in their 40s, new analysis by insurethebox suggests.

Published to mark the annual abstinence month – Go Sober for October – insurethebox says its analysis provides a timely reminder for young drivers to refrain from drinking and driving.

The telematics insurer also says the majority of drink drive penalties occur in the early hours of Saturdays and Sundays – times that are proven to be the most dangerous for young drivers.

The analysis, based on insurethebox claims data, shows collision risk ‘increases threefold’ at night for under 25-year-olds – compared to a 50% increase among drivers over that age.

Simon Rewell, road safety manager at insurethebox, said: “Reducing road deaths and reducing drink driving are intrinsically linked. We know that telematics has the ability to change driver behaviour, and therefore has a powerful role to play in helping save lives.

“We also know that male drivers are most at risk of getting behind the wheel after having a drink, although females are also at risk.

“As well as significantly increasing the possibility of an accident, the impact of being found guilty of drink driving could include imprisonment, a fine of up to £2,500, a driving ban, and an increased insurance premium when the driver does get back on the road.

“It could also jeopardise an individual’s job if they drive for work.”


 

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    Unfortunately for Insure the Box this is a bit of a woolly article and it seems there no report available to read to back it up. Are the young drivers referred also those under25? Are the stats for under 25s that have a 3x times higher risk a mixture of drinkers and non -drinkers? Can we conclude that the stats also saying that under 25s driving at night are generally 3 times more likely to have a collision and roughly double that if they have exceeded the drink drive limit and been caught doing so?

    A bit more clarity would be useful.


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