The new survey*, investigating attitudes towards the role of drinking and driving up and down the country, reflected a more responsible and positive generation when it came to taking on the driving role, as nearly two-thirds (63%) plan to happily take on the duty of designated driver at least once for friends during the festive period.
Those polled, aged between 18 and 34, enjoyed the financial benefits that come with being the designated driver with nearly three-quarters (73%) expecting to save about £50 on average over the course of two nights out during December.
The research also revealed the role of the designated driver isn’t such a thankless task either - over half (61%) of designated drivers revealed their friends would always offer to buy them their soft drinks on a night out at the pub.
And over two-thirds (70%) of those who said they’d be hitching a lift from friends this Christmas said they’d contribute to parking and petrol costs.
The findings are announced as
The Designated Driver scheme follows the launch of the 50th anniversary campaign from THINK! last month, which demonstrated how attitudes towards drink driving have changed in the last half century since the first public information film was shown. This research showed that 92% of the British public would be ashamed to drink and drive. This was supported by the research commissioned by
Jon Woods, General Manager,
Brigid Simmonds, Chief Executive of the British Beer & Pub Association said: “I’m delighted that
Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said: “Most people know drinking and driving is wrong and don’t do it, but there are still those that take the risk. Anyone tempted to have a tipple at Christmas time before getting behind the wheel should know the potential consequences. As well as risking an accident, you risk losing your licence. If you rely on a car for work, this could mean losing your job and wreck your chance of future employment.”
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Notes to editors:
* Online interviews carried out by Redshift Research with a randomly selected, nationally representative sample of UK adults aged between 18 and 34 years. 2,000 interviews were conducted in November 2014.
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