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Would You Report a Drink Driver This Christmas?

Published on: 5 Dec, 2022
Updated on: 6 Dec, 2022

Conducting a breathalyser test.

You see someone you know, or a stranger, about to drive away from a pub or a Christmas party after having several drinks. What would you do, would you report him or her?

That is the question being asked by Surrey Police this year as part of the national crackdown on drink driving.

A major new campaign urges the public to help “prevent, persuade and call the police” on drink drivers this winter.

Latest survey figures show:

  • 81 per cent of Brits (88 per cent in Sussex and Surrey) say drink drivers should be reported to the police – but less than half would actually do it in practice;
  • 36 per cent of men and 46 per cent of women say they’d take a drink driver’s car keys off them;
  • only 2 per cent say they wouldn’t try to stop a friend from drink driving.

The new campaign, called “Drink Driving – Together We Can Stop It”, appeals to the public’s sense of shared responsibility to reduce the number of people killed and seriously injured on our roads. It is calling on members of the public and friends of drink drivers to prevent, persuade and – as a last resort- report drink driving to the police this Christmas.

Until January 1, Surrey and Sussex police will have resources dedicated to preventing and detecting incidents of drink and drug-driving. This is in addition to the routine roads policing work carried out 365 days a year.

In the December 2021 campaign, a total of 174 arrests were made on suspicion of drink and drug driving by Surrey police.

Superintendent Rachel Glenton, from Surrey and Sussex Roads policing, said: “Drink and drug-driving really does destroy lives and is something we see far too much on Surrey roads.

“Most people are safe and conscientious motorists, but despite knowing the risks, there is still a small number of people who are not only willing to risk their own lives but the lives of others.

“Remember even a small amount of alcohol or substances can massively impair your ability to drive safely and you could also be over the limit several hours after you’ve stopped drinking, so make sure you give it enough time before you drive. Drugs stay in your system far longer.

“If you are going out, look after yourself and friends, arrange alternative and safe ways home”

If you know someone who is driving whilst over the limit or after taking drugs. Call 999.

Ignorance about alcohol measurements

New research from Direct Line Motor Insurance reveals that in an experiment just 19 per cent could identify the amount of alcohol poured into a glass at home by sight.

With the cost-of-living crisis meaning nearly one in five people are drinking more at home, rather than in pubs and restaurants to save money, people may consume far more alcohol than intended because they underestimate the size of glasses they pour.

In a survey, almost three quarters of adults (70 per cent) shown a large glass of wine (250ml), believed it was a medium or small glass. Under a fifth (19 per cent) correctly identified how much alcohol was in the glass. The research raises concerns that people could accidentally drink too much when pouring alcohol at home during the festive season.

And only 15 per cent correctly identified it contains more than three units. The vast majority, 85 per cent, of people either underestimated the number of units or were completely unsure of the number of units contained.

The research also found people are no better at estimating the volume of spirits. When shown a serving of gin in a glass, just 22 per cent correctly identified a double measure. Nearly six in ten (59 per cent) thought it was a single measure and 13 per cent were unsure. On the units of alcohol in a double measure of gin, only 23 per cent estimated correctly that it contained 1.8 units.


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Responses to Would You Report a Drink Driver This Christmas?

  1. Jim Allen Reply

    December 5, 2022 at 11:42 pm

    Simply answer is yes!

  2. Ray Oliver Reply

    December 9, 2022 at 4:21 pm

    Yes, immediately and without a doubt. My maternal grandmother was killed by one!

  3. John Lomas Reply

    December 9, 2022 at 7:04 pm

    What has Christmas got to do with it?

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