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Drink-driving not taken seriously enough

Drink-driving not taken seriously enough

Category: Car insurance

Updated: 26/11/2012
First Published: 06/04/2009

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British motorists are not taking the issue of drink-driving as seriously as they should, it has been argued.

A study by swiftcover has highlighted the issue of people overestimating limits and a spokesman for the car insurance provider noted that they are placing others at risk.

He explained that 60 per cent of people think the alcohol limit for getting behind the wheel is higher than it actually is, something the spokesman suggested could have have a major impact on premiums.

If a driver is stopped by police or involved in an accident, "it can have a massive impact on not only your insurance and insurance costs but also on your ability to continue driving", he said, adding: "If you get banned, that can affect your work."

The swiftcover survey indicated that a greater proportion of motorists overestimate the drink-drive limit in the UK than in any of the other eight European countries involved in the study.

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