Warning over summer drink-driving

Young motorists have been warned about drink-drive dangers as a survey showed that many of them plan to increase their car travelling this summer.

As many as 35% of 18-to-24-year-olds intend to travel further by car this summer than last, revealed the AA/Populus survey.

The AA said much of this mileage will be social and will often involve trips to places where alcohol is available. A total of 24% of 18-to-24-year-olds will drive less this summer.

The survey, of 16,355 AA members, showed that in all other age groups, the percentage of drivers cutting back was higher than those chalking up more miles this summer.

The AA said Department for Transport data showed that, per mile driven, young drivers will have the highest risk of a drink-drive accident, up to five times the risk of the average driver.

With drinks company Pernod Ricard UK, the AA is launching a summer anti-drink-drive campaign targeting these young drivers.

The campaign will focus on social media with warnings about drink-drive dangers appearing on Facebook and other sites.

AA president Edmund King said: "We hope that younger drivers making plans for the evening will also plan how best to travel safely in their online conversation.

"Whether the plan is to watch the Olympic Games in a pub, on a city centre large screen or at friends', getting home safely with licence intact has to be top of the agenda.

"People actually attending the Olympics are encouraged to use public transport. The safest advice this summer is - if you're going to drink, don't drive, and if you're going to drive, don't drink."