More than 20 million Brits accept lifts from drunk drivers – and one in three are intoxicated at the time too

BRITS seemingly value convenience and their relationships more than their safety and lives.

Nearly 22million adults have willingly accepted a ride from a person that they’ve known or suspected to be over the driving limit.

One in three who accept lifts from drunk drivers are also intoxicated
One in three who accept lifts from drunk drivers are also intoxicated
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Worryingly, a fifth of those who did ride with drink-drivers made no attempt to stop the crime, and one in three were intoxicated as well.

Almost 20 per cent of those surveyed by car insurer Direct Line tried to justify the act by saying the journey was a short distance.

Meanwhile, 16 per cent did not want to upset the drink-driver and one in 10 were worried about damaging their relationship if they tried to stop them.

Other excuses included being too embarrassed to speak up, wanting to get home quickly and thinking they wouldn’t get caught.

Passengers who have known or suspected that their driver was intoxicated
Passengers who have known or suspected that their driver was intoxicated
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Londoners are the worst culprits, with a whopping 56 per cent of adults admitting to accepting a lift from a drunk person.

People from the East Midlands are the least likely to ride with a drink-driver, however, 37 per cent of adults have still done so.

Although a third of people are likely to call the police if they suspect a stranger is driving under the influence, only four per cent would report their own partner.

Parents are very slightly more likely to report their children if they drink-drive, with five per cent willing to do so.

Rob Miles, Direct Line Director of Car Insurance, said: “Driving under the influence is extremely dangerous for drivers, passengers and all road users.

“Everyone has a different tolerance to alcohol and this can be changeable, so it is difficult to judge if you are under or over the limit after just one drink.

“While you will feel fine, your reaction times are slower, and therefore the risks of Associate in Nursing accident ar considerably exaggerated. that’s why we tend to ar terribly clear with our recommendation to not drive the least bit if you’ve had one drink.”

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