In an annual survey commissioned by the Department of the Environment in Northern Ireland (DOENI), one in four respondents said they would drive after one alcoholic drink.
The Road Safety Monitor Survey, which was published today (30 Oct), also found that one in two passengers would get into a car with a driver who has had one drink.
However, the survey also highlighted that 83% of respondents supported police being able to carry out random breath testing, and 86% thought that police should be able to seize the vehicles of people caught drink driving.
Responding to the findings, Northern Ireland’s road safety minister Mark H Durkan, expressed concern that some people are being “too complacent when it comes to drink driving”.
Mark H Durkan said: “I am concerned that a quarter of drivers would get behind the wheel of a car after one alcoholic drink.
“My message to all drivers is clear, just one drink will impair your driving ability. Drinking alcohol and choosing to drive can have tragic consequences and I would urge everyone to play their part in persuading drivers to never ever drink and drive.
“My Road Traffic Amendment Bill, which is currently being scrutinised by the Environment Committee, will introduce lower drink drive limits, plans for random breathalyser testing, a new penalty regime and powers for roadside check-points.”
The Northern Ireland Road Safety Monitor 2014 is one of a series of research reports looking at attitudes, behaviour and awareness of road safety issues in Northern Ireland. It is commissioned by the DOENI and has been carried out since 1995 by the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency.
The survey is used to monitor the effectiveness of the DOENI’s education and advertising strategies, test community support for penalties and enforcement activities, and contributes to road safety policy development.