Attitudes towards Drink Driving in Ireland

Attitudes to Drink Driving have hardened in Ireland in the past two years.
In 2017, the RSA conducted research* to assess the public’s attitude to drink driving. This showed;

  1. The number of people who say that there is NO acceptable amount of alcohol that a driver can consume and be safe to drive has increased from 61% (2015) to 73% (2017).
  2. The number who say two or more drinks are acceptable has reduced from 11% (2015) to 7% (2017).

Public support –  for drivers caught over the drink driving limit being automatically disqualified

  • 91% of Irish adults (and 91% of motorists) indicate support for any driver caught over the drink driving limit being automatically disqualified from driving.
  • Of this support group, 61% believe that if a driver is caught over the drink driving limit, they should be disqualified for more than 12 months.
  • 89% of adults in urban areas and 93% of adults in rural areas indicate support for any driver caught over the drink driving limit being automatically disqualified from driving.

*A national survey was conducted via B&A’s face-to-face Barometer survey with a nationally representative sample of 1,000 adults January 2017.

The RSA’s recent B&A attitudinal study shows that Drink Driving is the number one road safety concern among the public.

To read more about people’s attitudes to drink driving in Ireland, please read the following research:

http://www.rsa.ie/Documents/Road%20Safety/Drink%20Driving/RSA%20Alcohol%20and%20Driving%20Research%202017.pdf

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