Car Insurance: Drink-drive warning issued

Monday, 01 December 2008

Drivers have been urged to avoid drinking more than they should this Christmas to avoid a potential prison sentence - and possibly risking higher car insurance premiums.

A new Think! campaign from the Department for Transport has been launched to encourage motorists to avoid alcohol where possible.

Part of the campaign will see free soft drinks given out at thousands of British pubs, while adverts on the radio and web and in pubs will target drivers to remind them of the consequences of being caught while over the limit.

The Association of Chief Police Officers will also undertake several initiatives to battle the problem of drink-driving on the roads.

"Drink drivers are treated like any other criminal - they face giving blood and DNA samples and being locked in a police cell," said road safety minister Jim Fitzpatrick.

"They'll also get a minimum 12 months driving ban, criminal record and large fine. Don't ruin Christmas in a moment of selfishness."

According to, those who get caught out while driving under the influence of alcohol could see their car insurance costs rise by up to 82 per cent.

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