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Nearly six per cent admit to drink driving, men more likely to do it than women

The findings are contained in a new survey from AA Motor Insurance.

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NEARLY SIX PER CENT of people polled by the AA have admitted to having driven whilst drunk with men more likely than women to drink and drive.

A new survey of over 16,300 people by AA Motor Insurance has found that more than 11 per cent of drivers say it’s common to see drunk drivers on the road.

AA spokesperson Arwen Foley described this is a “shocking statistic” which is too high.

The majority of those polled (nearly 52 per cent) said it is rare to see drunk drivers on the roads while 17.4 per cent said they never see it.

Of those surveyed 7.3 per cent of men admitted to drink driving compared to just  3.8 per cent of women.

Foley said that with the days getting colder and wetter people may be more inclined to use their cars to get around, including to go drinking.

She said: “Getting closer to the festive season there is going to be more occasions for staying out drinking.

“Worsening weather will make it difficult for drivers in general but driving under the influence of alcohol in these conditions is just crazy.”

AA is advising people to take taxis in groups to reduce costs or else have a designated driver.

Read: 127 arrests for suspicion of drink driving in the last week

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