Published On: Tue, Apr 22nd, 2014 on 10:00 am

Embarrassed passengers urged to speak up against drink-drivers

Drink Driving

Transport Minister Robert Goodwill has urged car passengers to speak up against drink-drivers after one in four people admitted to being too self-conscious to say anything.

Research conducted ahead of the THINK! Easter Drink-Drive campaign showed that a quarter of people admitted they had been in a car where the driver had been over the alcohol limit but said nothing.

The reason for this was because they were too embarrassed.

Mr Goodwill said: “Everyone knows that drinking and driving is not only against the law, it’s extremely dangerous. It may well be the responsibility of drivers to ensure they don’t do it, but passengers can also discourage drinking and driving by speaking out.

“Clearly the majority of passengers feel confident enough to say something, but it is worrying that a significant proportion feel too shy to pipe up.”

The research also showed that many, including young people, still believed myths associated with drinking and driving.

A third of respondents thought it was safe to drive if they waited a few hours after their last alcoholic drink and two thirds said they wouldn’t be concerned about someone who drove after drinking with a meal.

The research was commissioned in the lead up to the 50th anniversary of the hard-hitting drink-drive campaigns, the first of which was launched in 1964.

The latest THINK! Drink-Drive campaign will see a series of adverts broadcast on national and regional radio for eight weeks.

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