Capital offenders! Londoners top the poll of those admitting to drink driving – consequences can be both tragic and fatal, so don’t do it, says RAY MASSEY
Don’t drink and drive. It’s a simple message issued to motorists every festive season — but the consequences of ignoring it can be both tragic and fatal.
A survey of more than 1,000 motorists by road safety charity IAM RoadSmart revealed that Londoners are most likely to drive after consuming alcohol, with nearly seven in ten (67 per cent) residents of the capital saying they would drive after some alcohol, and only a third (33 per cent) saying they wouldn’t. London is followed by East Anglia, East Midlands, the North East and West Midlands.
Scotland — with a lower drink-drive limit — has the lowest proportion of those who would drink, at around a quarter (26 per cent), with three quarters (74 per cent) saying they wouldn’t touch a drop.
Moment of truth? Londoners top the poll of those admitting to drink driving
Then comes Northern Ireland, the South East, Wales, Yorkshire and Humberside. Overall more than four-in-ten (41 per cent) respondents stated they would consume anywhere between one to ten units of alcohol, and still get behind the wheel.
The charity calculates that a drink-drive conviction could cost up to £70,000 from loss of income, fines, and additional transport costs
The legal limit is 80 mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood (0.35mg of alcohol per litre of breath) in most of the UK but in Scotland it is 50mg alcohol per 100ml (22mg alcohol per 100ml of breath).
But people also react to the substance differently and depending on many factors including age, metabolism, weight and what’s been eaten.
And as families seek to save cash this Christmas by going out to bars and restaurants less, there’s another worrying twist because most people underestimate the amount of drink served at home.
Direct Line found that four in ten drinkers never check how much alcohol they pour at home. In an experiment, seven in ten adults shown a large glass of wine (250ml), believed it was a medium or small glass.
Only 15 per cent correctly identified a large glass of wine contained 3.2 units of alcohol.
Munro MkI first Scottish production model since 1981
Scotland has launched its first new car for more than 40 years — a full-sized, all-electric Tonka Toy-style 4×4.
The new Munro MkI is the first Scottish production model since the closure of the Peugeot-Talbot Linwood plant near Paisley in February 1981.
The new Munro MkI is the first Scottish production model since the closure of the Peugeot-Talbot Linwood plant near Paisley in February 1981
Powered by a new 375bhp (280kW) electric drivetrain, the Performance version can accelerate from rest to 62mph in just 4.9 seconds up to 80mph, with a range of 190 miles.
Priced from £60,000, it promises ‘unparalleled off-roading capability’.
The Glasgow-based start-up Munro Vehicles was founded in 2019 and has secured a deal to supply more than 3,000 vehicles to the U.S. for industrial use.
It will be sold with a choice of two electric motors — 220kW and 280kW.
Qashqai on track to be UK’s biggest-seller for 2022
The British-built Nissan Qashqai is on track to become the UK’s biggest-selling car for 2022 — the first time an indigenous vehicle has secured the top slot in 24 years.
Latest figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) reveal the Sunderland-built crossover was the most popular car in November, with 5,636 registered.
Latest figures reveal the Qashqai was the most popular car in November, with 5,636 registered
Priced from £26,045, some 39,198 Qashqais have been sold to UK customers so far this year, ahead of the second-placed Vauxhall Corsa at 34,663 which sold 2,537 in November.
The last time a UK car held the top spot was in 1998 with the Ford Mk IV Fiesta supermini which was still built at Dagenham in Essex.
The UK car market grew by 23.5 per cent last month, but registrations are 3.4 per cent down on last year at 1.48 million to the end of November.
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