Young drivers continue to ignore the anti-drink driving message. A new report from insurer AAMI suggests that the number of young females driving under the influence of alcohol has nearly doubled, compared to ten years ago.
According to the latest AAMI Young Driver Index, 14 percent of young females admit to have driven whilst likely over the 0.05 percent blood-alcohol limit in the last year, compared with similar data from 2002 that suggests just eight percent had done so.
Young male drivers are still more likely to drive under the influence at 16 percent, according to the new data, but this figure has nearly halved from the 29 percent suggested by the 2002 study.
The recent national study surveyed 1100 Australian drivers aged 18-24, and also found that 13 percent of young drivers believe it okay to drive after a few drinks as long as they feel capable, and 21 percent admit to taking a different route home to avoid breathalysers.
Additionally, 49 percent of drivers surveyed admitted to driving whilst concerned of their blood-alcohol level the morning after a drinking session.
“Drink driving is one of the most insidious of all the risky driving behaviours, as it impairs your judgment on so many important aspects of driving –speed, distance, driving to the conditions, concentration – and significantly reduces your ability to anticipate hazards and react to them fast enough,” AAMI spokesperson Reuben Aitchison said.