Comment: Road safety has to be a priority

WITH the holiday season in full swing, the importance of safety, particularly on our roads, is paramount.

WITH the holiday season in full swing, the importance of safety, particularly on our roads, is paramount.

Drink driving might seem like yesterday’s issue, but a recent AA Motor Insurance poll highlighed the continued prevalency of the practice.

The poll showed that of close to 15,000 people, 13 per cent of respondents said they had travelled in a car with someone they knew to have more than the legal permissible amount of alcohol in their system, within the last year.

The results of the AA Motor Insurance poll also suggested that this a more common occurrence among the 17 to 24 age group. Males were identified as more likely yet again to have done so according to the poll, with 30 per cent of those questioned sharing that they had done so, compared to 19 per cent of females.

The AA has also highlighed the often underestimated danger of driving with a bad hangover.

It behoves also users of the road to act responsibly.

As an issue, drink driving has dipped below the radar somewhat.

However, there is no room for complacency. Staying safe is the priority, particularly duing the festive season.