Car insurance: Battle against drink-driving 'goes on'

Wednesday, 21 January 2009

The Christmas period saw a rise in the number of young people prepared to risk an accident and subsequent car insurance claim by getting behind the wheel while under the influence of alcohol, it has been reported.

According to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (Rospa), new figures have shown there was an 11 per cent increase in under-25s failing breath tests, compared with the same period in 2007.

Statistics from the Association of Chief Police Officers revealed some 9,148 drivers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland either tested positive, failed or refused to provide a sample of breath between December 1st 2008 and January 1st 2009.

Kevin Clinton, Rospa head of road safety, stated: "The figures from the Christmas campaign show that the battle against drink-driving is never-ending."

In other news, the organisation recently said five years on from the ban prohibiting the use of mobile phones behind the wheel, people were still prepared to risk a motor insurance claim by texting or talking while on the road.

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