General Insurance Article - THINK Drink Driving Campaign Comment

Clare Egan, Head of Motor at Admiral said: “The latest THINK! Campaign highlights the role we can all play in stopping our friends, family or colleagues from getting behind the wheel after drinking alcohol. Doing this could save lives.”

 “As well as the risk drink driving poses to the safety of other road users, and the drivers themselves, being caught over the limit can see a driver face up to 6 months in prison, be hit with an unlimited fine and a driving ban of at least one year.”

 “Those who are convicted of the offence could find their insurance premiums increasing by more than 250% - if they can get insurance at all. But the financial penalties don’t stop there, if you do have an accident while drink-driving many insurers will refuse to cover the cost of damages, meaning drivers could be left with hefty sums to pay including the cost of third party claims.”

 “As the warmer months approach more drivers are risking getting behind the wheel after a drink. Be aware that factors such as weight, age and metabolism all play a part in alcohol tolerance, meaning it is virtually impossible to know if you are safe to drive. Even the smallest amount of alcohol will affect how you drive and react to situations so the only way to really be safe is to avoid drinking altogether when you know you are taking the car.”

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