World Cup could affect car insurance

Friday, 18 June 2010

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Drivers who want to avoid making a motor insurance claim have been warned not to get carried away celebrating the World Cup, or drowning their sorrows.

The Local Government Association (LGA) has warned that football fever could lead to more inebriated motorists on the roads and as a result, more drink-drive related deaths and accidents.

During the last World Cup in 2006, more than 7,000 motorists were caught drinking and driving, which as well as affecting motor insurance premiums can land them in prison.

"We all hope to have reason to celebrate over the next few weeks," said councillor Les Lawrence from the LGA.

"All we ask is that if you have even one alcoholic drink while watching the match - leave the car behind. Otherwise, it is not just your own life you could be putting in jeopardy."

To underline the dangers of drink-driving, Luton Council has invited people to take penalty kicks while wearing "beer goggles", which are designed to simulate the effects of being drunk.

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