Swanswell renews drink-drive education calls

30 September 2013

Swanswell is renewing calls that more prominent drink and drug awareness education should be included in all new driving theory tests.

It comes as the Department of Transport releases a new report, called Reported Road Casualties in Great Britain: 2012 Annual Report, which says deaths from alcohol-related accidents in the UK has increased by almost 20% in a year (Express).

The national recovery charity, which wants to achieve a society free from problem alcohol and drug use, believes the figures highlight the need for better education about the risks of driving under the influence.

Debbie Bannigan, Swanswell’s Chief Executive, said: ‘Today's figures are shocking and clearly show that something needs to be done urgently to stop the risk of further rises year on year. Any death caused by alcohol is completely preventable in the first place.

We think that by having more prominent information and compulsory questions about alcohol, or drug driving for that matter, will be very beneficial to motorists, as it will highlight the risks to themselves and other road users or pedestrians.

People often tell us after attending our Drink Impaired Driver’s programmes that they would never have got behind the wheel after drinking, if they had known the dangers – that’s a good enough reason to have better alcohol awareness education and compulsory questions in the theory test.

Ultimately, the only way you can be sure that you’re not over the legal limit is not to drink alcohol or take drugs if you’re getting behind the wheel. It’s really not worth it.’

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