Survey: One in 12 drivers involved in crash due to alcohol
Sheetal Sukhija - Tuesday 23rd January, 2018
The new survey showed people are still continuing to drink and drive
Almost one in 12 Irish motorists involved in a collision were operating vehicle under influence of alcohol
The recent AA Car Insurance survey involved 6,000 motorists
DUBLIN, Ireland - A new survey conducted by AA Car Insurance has found that almost one in 12 Irish motorists have been involved in a collision or experienced a near miss as a result of driving under the influence of alcohol.
The survey found that despite numbers rising, people are still continuing to drink and drive.
AA Car Insurance revealed that 6,000 motorists were surveyed and 7.39 percent of those surveyed had been involved in a near miss or collision where they or another road user were driving under the influence of alcohol.
Further, the survey found that just under 2 percent of those surveyed reported being involved in one such incident with the past year.
Meanwhile, 4.31 percent respondents stated that they had been involved in at least one such incident over a year ago.
The survey showed that of those that reported being involved in a near miss or collision because of drink-driving, over a quarter or 25.05 percent of those occurred on secondary roads and 17.41 percent took place on primary or main roads.
AA found in its survey that 16.99 percent of such incidents occurred on minor roads.
The car insurance firm has urged the need for increased Garda resources to police drink-driving in these areas.
AA’s Conor Faughnan has said, “Due to a lack of resources gardai have to prioritise the policing of major routes, but in order to stamp out drink-driving we need to see gardai outside pubs across the country at closing time and along minor roads.”
Faughnan further said in the survey report, "Unfortunately there’s a cohort there that either doesn’t listen to or doesn’t care about, or simply doesn’t believe the road safety evidence. They’re willing to take a risk because they don’t think it will happen to them. Unfortunately, it’s probably easier to convince these people that they’re going to be caught than it is to convince them that they’re going to have a crash. Investment in the gardaí in the AA’s view is the most important measure."
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