Some even admit to chewing gum to try and get rid of the smell of alcohol!
The countdown to Christmas is fast approaching and in a recent survey carried out by First4Lawyers, an alarming 29% of motorists confessed to driving whilst under the influence of alcohol.
Two thousand drivers took part in the survey and according to the results, three quarters of motorists admitted to risking driving whilst being hungover and it was the youngest drivers who were found to be the biggest offenders.
The survey also revealed the alarming lengths drink-drivers go to to avoid being caught by the police. More than one third (37%) taking part in the survey admitted to driving over the limit and to avoid being noticed by the police they made sure to stick to the speed limit.
A further 16% confessed to driving along rural roads to avoid being spotted, whilst 11% said they chewed gum to try and get rid of the smell of alcohol on their breath.
Surprisingly, 2% of those questioned confessed to purposefully making themselves sick before setting off in their vehicle to ry and get rid of some of the alcohol from their bodies, whilst 5% said they sprayed aftershave or perfume to try and hide the smell of alcohol and 11% said they drank a cup of coffee to try and sober them up before driving.
Another alarming revelation the survey discovered was that 61% of motorists were still prepared to risk using their mobile phone whilst driving even though tougher penalties came into effect earlier in the year.
Spokesman for the company who carried out the survey, Andrew Cullwick said: “This data reveals that many drivers believe they are above than the law, despite the danger they pose to themselves and other drivers by breaking the rules of the road.”
The only hope is that the new sentence increase for death by dangerous driving from 14 years to a life sentence will make drivers think twice before attempting to drive whilst under the influence of alcohol.
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