With the lead up to Christmas young drivers are being cautioned on the dangers of drink driving as the inevitable television and billboard advertising comes into force.
We've all seen the adverts and it can be pretty easy just to switch them off, ignore them or simply say "that will never happen to me". Unfortunately, even with the best intentions, some people end up getting behind the wheel after a few alcoholic drinks at Christmas.
It's important to make an effort at Christmas not to get in the car and drive if you've been drinking - even if you've only had a few. The Institute of Alcohol Studies identified that:
• Alcohol can actually slow down your reaction time by 10 - 30%.
• Alcohol reduces your ability to perform two or more tasks at the same time.
• Alcohol reduces your ability to see distant objects and night vision can be reduced by 25%.
• Alcohol is also known to cause blurred or double-vision.
• Alcohol leads to an increase in risk-taking as it can create a sense of overconfidence.
Another important point made by the institute pointed out that, even when sober, young drivers are more prone to accidents than older, more experienced drivers whilst out on the road. In addition to this, younger drivers are more vulnerable to the effects of alcohol - as shown by the lower average blood alcohol levels of young drink driver offenders when compared to older offenders.
with the possibility of high young driver insurance premiums for those who are caught, along with criminal charges and expensive court and legal fees, it really is not worth the risk, especially if irresponsible drink driving leads to deaths.
Of all the fatal drink drive accidents that occur on the road it's not always the driver who is killed - their irresponsible behaviour could lead to the death of others. The real question you need to ask yourself before getting in the car after drinking is - do I really want to risk my young drivers insurance premium, court cases or even be the cause of someone's death this Christmas?
Whilst it is also important to remember that Christmas is a time for loved ones to get together and have a good time - just remember to be safe.