About a third of drivers sit behind the wheel after drinking alcohol.
Midsummer is approaching and, as every year, it is a time when active alcohol consumption and its incompatibility with driving are reminded. Nevertheless, 32% of drivers report that they tend to drive even if they have consumed alcohol - 25% indicate that they use alcohol up to the limit of 0.5 per cent, and 6% admit that they tend to drive more than once a few times a year. 0.5 per cent, but 1% say it does so several times a year, according to the Carlsberg 0.0 Responsible Driving Index. Research shows that driving is the most common sin for men after drinking alcohol.
Comparing the results of the study with the data of 2021, we can conclude that the number of drivers who exceed the permissible limit of 0.5 per cent has slightly decreased. If last year one or more times a year a total of 9% of drivers exceeded this limit, then this year they are 7%. This year, too, there is a tendency for women to sit behind the wheel much less often, for example, last year 31% of men indicated that they had driven under the influence of 0.5 per cent, while only 18% of women gave such an answer, but this year 32% gave such an answer. men and 16% women.
Alcohol consumption is not compatible with driving, as evidenced by last year's data on road accidents. In 2021, 3,406 traffic accidents were registered with victims, of which at least one driver was under the influence of alcohol in 185 cases. They account for about 5.5% of all accidents with victims. If we look at fatal accidents, the statistics are even worse - 7.5% of road accidents with fatalities, at least one of the drivers has been under the influence of alcohol.
"Despite the fact that the law currently allows a small amount of blood alcohol, I would urge drivers to refrain from drinking alcohol if they have to sit behind the wheel. Let's plan the holiday so that there is no need to go somewhere, regardless of the amount of alcohol consumed. I also urge my peers not to be indifferent and to be aware that negative statistics and road accidents are the responsibility of all of us, ”says Jānis Vanks, the director of the Safe Driving School.
The expert adds: “If you see someone who is going to get behind the wheel under the influence, be sure to get involved not only by reprimanding, but also by informing the responsible authorities if the reckless driver fails to stop. Someone might think he's going to feel bad doing this, but think about how it will feel when an accident happens that you could have prevented ?! ”
The sad statistics are not only caused by alcohol consumption, but also by fatigue and sleepless nights, which can be a particularly pressing problem during the holidays. If we celebrate all night and sit behind the wheel in anticipation of the sunrise, the risk is as great as drinking. Unfortunately, there are no tools to measure the degree of fatigue and insomnia.
The Carlsberg 0.0 Responsible Driving Index is a study of the non-alcoholic Carlsberg 0.0 beer conducted in collaboration with the Safe Driving School and Research Center Norstat. The survey, conducted in April, involved 1,000 Latvians aged 18 to 74. During the survey, respondents were able to choose several answer options. The study aims to promote responsible driving and an understanding of what poses additional risks on the roads and how to avoid them.