IAM RoadSmart calls for renewed focus on drink-driving

10.30 | 15 October 2018 | | 1 comment

IAM RoadSmart says it is time to take tougher action against the hard core of drivers still willing to take to the road after drinking alcohol.

The road safety charity is urging the Government to put additional resources into tackling the ‘real problem areas’ when it comes to drink-driving – including young drivers.

The call follows a study which suggests the reduction in Scotland’s drink-driving limit has had little effect on the level of deaths and collisions on the nation’s roads.

Researchers from the University of Strathclyde found that the lower limit for blood alcohol content (BAC) has not been followed by a statistically significant overall drop in road fatalities, including during peak collision periods at night-time and weekends.

There has also been little change in the death rate for young drivers aged 16-25 years, who are seen as one of the highest-risk groups for drink-driving.

Despite these findings, IAM RoadSmart has reiterated its support for lowering the limit across the UK – saying that it sends out a clear message that no level of alcohol is acceptable when driving a car.

Neil Greig, IAM RoadSmart’s director of policy and research, said: “We urge the Government to put resources into tackling the real problem areas when it comes to drink-driving – young drivers, those with alcohol problems and those who simply don’t believe they will ever get caught.

“The best way to catch those who ignore the limit is through intelligence-led high profile policing so investment in roads policing must be protected. The reality of being caught must be matched in education campaign messaging.”

IAM RoadSmart has also stressed the importance of drink-drive rehabilitation courses.

Neil Greig added: “Drivers who take a drink-drive rehabilitation course are less likely to reoffend. Currently a convicted drink-driver has to choose to take a course when they appear in court.

“At IAM RoadSmart we believe a more effective option would be to make the course compulsory and force drivers to opt out only if they choose to do so.”



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    Can I ask the IAM with its hundred of thousand members what they are doing about it. Every motoring organisation should have at least one or two pages of any publication they put out to their members and/or demographic and those pages should be filled with good safe motoring advice.

    Same goes with insurance companies who should give out freely information of potential dangers with regards to certain motoring actions that not only would or could be dangerous but some that would involve penalties being imposed by them such as the removal or reductions in cover.

    I am in talks with one motorcycle insurance company who are still putting out the advice for motorcycle riders to cut corners and straighten lines oe bends and to take the offside position to improve visibility around them. Something that was removed from the Police Roadcraft Manual, no doubt because it was considered too dangerous for ordinary riders and in its most recent issue in 2013. This and other matters no longer published have been adopted by all the Training organisations except it appears RoSPA who still continue to have it on their Examiners Check lists. So it appears that they still engage in teaching this considered dangerous practise and examine upon it.

    Its no wonder that there are still too many motorcyclist killing themselves or being seriously injured on our country roads.

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