A THIRD OF YOUNG SCOTS DRINK-DRIVE.
A staggering 30 per cent of Scots questioned in a survey admitted getting behind the wheel while over the limit last year.
And a quarter of regular users admitted driving while on drugs.
The figures - up a whopping eight per cent on the previous year - have shocked cops.
Police chiefs say under 25s blatantly ignore warnings aboutthe dangers of drivingwhendrunk. TaysideAssistantChief ConeWillieBaldsaid:"Aproportionof17-25-year-olddriversseem unawareorchoosetoignoredrink-drivinglegislation. "Theyputthemselvesandothers atrisk." Drink-drivingkillsaround 60Scotseachyearandmaims around250. Andarisingnumberofvictims arefromthe17-25agerange. ThenewScottishExecutive survey - which questioned 730 drivers - discovered that men are three times more likely than women to drink and drive.
It also revealed the extent of the worrying new trend of drug-driving.
Now the RAC Foundation has called for an urgent Government probe into the dangers of people driving while under the influence of anti-depressants.
Up to a million people in Britain take these drugs which can cause dizziness, aggression and blurred vision.
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|Publication:||The Mirror (London, England)|
|Date:||Mar 10, 2003|
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