Only four out of ten UK motorists would call the Police if they thought a car was being driven by a drunk driver, new research has found
A quarter (25%) would ignore it completely if they saw a car meandering in the road or doing something else unusual. And a third of drivers (34%) simply couldn’t say whether they would do anything or not.
The poll by AlcoSense Breathalysers discovered a more liberal attitude to drink driving amongst the older generation.
Around 45% of motorists up to the age of 44 would call the Police if they suspected a drunk driver. But just 38% of those aged 45 plus said they would do so.
“You will need to examine your conscience if you fail to report someone driving erratically, and a fatal accident then occurs,” says Hunter Abbott, MD of AlcoSense and a member of the Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety.
When asked if they had actually reported someone for drink driving, men (31%) were more responsible than women (23%).
Amongst 18-24-year-olds who claimed they would take action, however, less than a fifth have done so.
The research comes in the light of this year’s THINK! a campaign encouraging young men to intervene when a mate is tempted to drive when drunk.