A report with the title “Women not getting drink-drive message- Police Federation” was out in the BBC on date 19th May, 2015. The report describes how low drink-driving have doubled the female arrests and this trend has become a headache for UK police these days. (https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-32789631)
These days as the warnings are not enough so female drink levels are going out of control day by day and tackling the drink-driving has become the priority for the Transport Department, as explained in the report. And as this women arrest has risen up significantly, hence the drink drive limit must be lowered for which the Police Federation demands tougher laws on alcohol would limit the hike of women drink drivers. Stopping women drink driving was a debated topic at the Police Federation conference held in Bournemouth during 19 to 21 May. The annual conference attained by representatives from various forces of England and Wales discussed the question. “Why are women mixing drink to drive?” It is true that more men are caught while drunk driving than women, however, the problem is the hike in women’s percentage of arrest by around 17% (at the same time male rate has reduced by 24%). A Police Federation Representative Victoria Martin explained: “We have seen a steep decline in men drink driving over the years, with targeted advertising campaigns which are great, but women don’t seem to be getting the same message. It seems we have a worrying trend with females still flouting the drink drive limit, sometimes scarily unaware, putting themselves and others in danger as well as adding to the drain on police resources.” However the several cuts in the number of cops in the recent years has been suffered mostly while dealing with drink driving or road traffic accidents, which may be the result of those cuts as Ms Martin explains and expects a lower drink drive limit (presently three units for women and four units for men) imposed by the rules and hence road safety can be achieved. A DfT spokesman said: “We have strengthened enforcement by removing the automatic right for drivers who fail a breath analyzer test to demand a blood or urine test. This has denied people the chance to sober up while waiting for the test to be taken.”
A study reveals nearly one in six women drives being over the limit. The important message is not spreading across the women due to a male dominated anti-drink driving campaign may be a cause as reported by Social Research Associates (SRA). The study also advises driving without drinking alcohol at all, although alcohol effect varies from person to person. However, at the personal level this problem can be solved using common transport system like a bus or taxi and they must not drink at all while driving as said by Christine Alexander the chief investigator (https://london-privatedetectives.co.uk). More emphasis should be put to discourage women from driving while drunk, the Police Federation says.
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