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Drivers in dark about alcohol limits

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Nearly eight in ten young drivers do not know the legal blood-alcohol limit for driving, a survey has revealed.

A survey of 1,000 17 to 24-year-olds by RED Driving School discovered that 79% of them did not know that the legal limit to drive is 80mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood, 35mg per 100ml of breath or 107mg per 100ml of urine.

A third of those polled revealed their parents have driven after consuming alcohol and a fifth said they would never plan to drink and drive. A separate study revealed that people aged between 20 and 24 are failing more breath tests than any other age group.

Ian McIntosh, chief executive of RED Driving School, said: "While the research has revealed a serious need for more young driver education around drink driving and what the legal drink drive limit is, it has highlighted some positive statistics that show that young people are responsible drivers and consider their safety on the road.

"The majority of young people would not let the fact that their parents drink and drive affect their own decision and a further 25 per cent stated that they would be less likely to drink and drive if their parents did."

published: 18/12/2012 14:00:00

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