‘Incredibly dangerous’: Drivers warned not to drink drive – arrests highest in August

Drink driving: UK police send warning after increase in arrests

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New research from Churchill Motor Insurance has found over a fifth of motorists would feel confident driving a vehicle having had an alcoholic drink. Around 36 percent of these, nearly 3.2 million people, have driven with a child in the car.

August has the highest number of drink driving arrests of any month, with an average of 239 every day.

July follows closely with an average of 233 arrests a day and September with 222 a day, based on information from 32 police forces across the UK.

As people are starting to enjoy freedom outside of coronavirus restrictions, there are fears these numbers could skyrocket with bars and clubs open as normal.

Millions of drivers are also expected to hit the roads in the coming weeks and months by travelling to go on holiday, many of which will be driving around the UK.


With social diaries busier than any time over the past 18 months, the insurer is warning it could lead to a rise in people drinking and driving.

Nicholas Mantel, Head of Motor Insurance for Churchill, commented on the statistics and issued a warning to drivers thinking of drink driving.

He said: “Now restrictions have lifted, and people have begun to return to their busy social lives, it is important to remember to have fun yet stay sensible.

“Driving when drinking alcohol can be incredibly dangerous, for the drivers, passengers, and other road users.


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“If you are planning to drink, think about how you’ll be travelling home and choose a designated driver – perhaps take it in turns with your friends or partner to make sure you all get home safely.”

In England, Wales and Northern Ireland, the alcohol limit for drivers is 35 micrograms per 100 millilitres of breath, with it being slightly lower in Scotland at 22 micrograms of alcohol.

A third of drivers who would be comfortable driving after drinking admit they would do so after two or more 330ml cans of beer (the equivalent of 3.3 units or more).

Moreover, 25 percent of drivers would have two or more small glasses of wine, which is also the equivalent of 3.3 units or more.

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