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One in three people 'tolerate drink-driving'

Thursday 25th June 2009

More than a third of adults have got into a car suspecting the driver wasover the drink-drive limit, according to a survey by Direct Line Car Insurance.

Despite misgivings, as many as 65% decided to stay in the vehicle, the survey showed. Of those, around half did nothing while the rest assisted the driver by acting as a 'look-out' for police and safety cameras.

Only 12% of those suspecting the driver was worse for wear through drink bothered to take the keys away, while 10% drove themselves as they had not
been drinking.

Those most likely to act as look-outs were 18-34-year-olds while those likely to get in a car and do nothing were mainly in the over-55 age group.

Maggie Game, Direct Line, said: "People's willingness to get in the car with a drink-driver is alarming. By condoning this behaviour they are risking their own lives and those of other road users."

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