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Number of Female Drink Drivers on the Rise

Number of Female Drink Drivers on the Rise

A new study has revealed worrying numbers of female drink drivers, those who been convicted as well as drivers that are yet to be caught in the act. The study from Direct Line Car Insurance found that there is a lack of awareness with female drivers, oblivious to what the legal limit actually is. With many simply guessing and driving if they feel ‘Ok’ this does not bode well for the safety of our roads. According to the NHS: ‘In the UK, the legal alcohol limit for drivers is: 80 milligrams of alcohol for every 100 millilitres of blood in your body. 35 micrograms of alcohol for every 100 millilitres of breath. 107 micrograms of alcohol for every 100 millilitres of urine.’ The lack of knowledge on the subject has resulted in an 8% rise in convicted female drivers, the largest increase we have seen in a number of years. During the study females were asked a series of questions that tested their attitude towards drink driving. With a large proportion feeling that they were ok to drive after drinking more than what is recommended to the ‘average woman ‘ it feels many are underestimating the effects that alcohol has on the whole body. Paul Watters, head of road policy at the AA, said it was a “common” for a woman to be designated the driver after a dinner party and to underestimate the effects of alcohol that they have consumed. “There perhaps needs to be dedicated campaign to highlight the growing risk from female drink-drivers. There are more women drivers than ever before and at the same time women are socialising much more than they did 20 years ago. “It may well be that females are driving males home when they’ve been out to a dinner party and they are taking the hit.” With many organisations engrossed in this subject we hope that the next statistical study proves to show fewer numbers of convicted female motorists.

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