Drink-drive? Then so will your children
- Credit: PA Wire/Press Association Images
Young motorists are five times more likely to drink and drive if their parents do it, according to a new study.
A survey of 251 motorists aged 17 to 25 found that 37% admit to driving when over the alcohol limit.
But among those who said their parents drink-drive, 70% confessed to also doing it, compared to just 14% of those who have not seen their parents drunk behind the wheel.
Steve Barrett, head of car insurance at Churchill which commissioned the research, said: 'The immediate risks that those who drink-drive pose to other road users are widely known and very serious, but the knock-on impact on younger generations is extremely worrying.
'By drink-driving, parents are unofficially sanctioning this behaviour and as a result, young drivers are far more likely to put themselves and other road-users at risk by driving whilst intoxicated.'
And a survey of 2,000 Britons found that 29% admit to driving the morning after drinking when they believed they may still be over the legal limit.
Some 38% think it will not be legal for them to drive the morning after a Christmas celebration but 26% said they would get behind the wheel before 10am.
- 1 Norfolk zoo keeper abandoned as a baby reunited with mother in ITV show
- 2 Queen's Platinum Jubilee flypast rehearses over Norfolk
- 3 Lane of A47 remains shut after serious crash yesterday afternoon
- 4 Café completely sells out on first week of launching Sunday roasts
- 5 Hero boxer rescues man who plunged into river to save dog
- 6 'Mishap' at historic hotel as van crashes into entrance wall
- 7 Norwich man in court over £3.5m whiskey theft
- 8 Woman freed from vehicle after car overturns near to shops
- 9 9 of the best campsites on the Norfolk coast
- 10 WATCH: 'Unplayable' delivery from Suffolk bowler goes viral
Latest Department for Transport figures show there were 230 drink-drive deaths in Britain in 2013.