Middle-aged Men at it again behind the Wheel!

In a previous post we reported that middle-aged men are the biggest culprits when it came to using a mobile phone whilst behind the wheel, and the dangers associated with cell phone distraction. A New Zealand tabloid has revealed that over 40s are once again giving the older male motorists a bad name. This time it’s driving while intoxicated

Drunk DriverA staggering 86 percent of repeat DUI offenders are men over 40.

So in New Zealand at least, the older guys are the worst offenders when it comes to repeat drink driving offences. So we decided to take a look at some stats elsewhere in the world and we found that men are still the biggest culprits.

Europe and the USA has more problems with the younger motorists though, but they’re still male nonetheless. The average age range for those guys getting caught for driving under the influence is 17-29 years of age. Global stats here.

Believe it or not, but about 40% of all previously convicted drunk drivers had convictions for various other offences too. On average, a male drunk driver is twice as likely to have a criminal record when compared to those men who don’t drive a vehicle while intoxicated.

Drinking while Driving is no Laughing Matter!

“When I was a teenager, my parents frequently talked to me about drinking and driving.
They sometimes bragged about drugs as well.”

Bob: “Hey Joe, it’s a bad idea to drink and drive you know?”
Joe: Oh really. Why’s that then?
Bob: You spill it LOL 🙂

Oh yes, there are plenty of Barstool Bobs out there making jokes of drink driving, but there really is nothing funny about putting the lives of other law abiding road users and pedestrians at risk. Even though motorists that drink and drive are in a minority, the damage and destruction they cause to people and property can be, and often is, immense.

The Best Case Scenario

There are of course many men who get caught and prosecuted for driving under the influence of drink and or drugs every single day of the year. But getting apprehended before an incident has had occurred, still has its consequences. Watch the video below for details.

Reasons not to Drink and Drive

And this crazy notion that we hear time and again from drinkers on how they believe they’re better drivers after a skinful of booze, is not only a poor excuse, but it’s also total codswallop. Any driving test which checks the reactions of a drunk will soon quash this false perception for those willing to partake in such an experiment.

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Reasons why Drinking and Driving is a “BAD” Idea

  • There’s an increased risk of serious injury or loss of life to you and others.
  • Most countries in the industrialized world give an instant ban for driving over the legal limit.
  • There’s also the risk of doing a short prison stretch (up to 6 months + fine)
  • Fines for drinking and driving are hefty and getting even bigger over time.
  • There’s the possibility of losing your job
  • You lifestyle could change for the worse
  • Vehicle insurance will skyrocket after your conviction.
  • You may be stigmatized by family, friends, and work colleagues.

The list could go on, but you get the idea.

Reasons why Drinking and Driving is a “GOOD” Idea

  • None! (Still “Dying” for a drink?)

Drunk Driving Slogans

Below are 7 commonly used yet powerful slogans used to raise awareness to the seriousness and dangers of driving whilst under the influence of alcohol.

  1. The problem with drinking and driving is the MOURNING after!
  2. Driving hammered will get you nailed
  3. Allow life to thrive, don’t drink and drive
  4. Stay Alive, don’t drink and drive
  5. Once attention lost, Accident comes across
  6. You can hand over your keys or your life. Make the right choice.
  7. Friends don’t let friends drive drunk.

Remember, a driver is safer when roads are dry; and roads are safer when the driver is dry.

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Readers Comments

    Quotes says:

    Don’t drink and drive

      Andy Aitch says:

      That’s a hard hitting video Quotes. Sadly, direct media is nothing new, and I feel that it does very little to deter those that drink and drive on a regular basis. Having said that, even if a single life or serious is saved by by such exposure, then it’s worth it.

      Andy Aitch (Webmaster)

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