Older peo­ple more likely to be caught drunk driv­ing

Malta Independent - - FRONT PAGE - Re­becca Iversen

The myth that young peo­ple are more likely to drink and drive has been proved wrong by sta­tis­tics – in the last five years, the num­ber of peo­ple aged 31 and over who were caught driv­ing af­ter drink­ing was higher than the num­ber peo­ple aged be­tween 18 and 30 who com­mit­ted the same of­fence. In fact, be­tween Jan­uary and Au­gust this year, only 24 peo­ple aged be­tween 1830 were caught drink driv­ing, with the num­ber of peo­ple aged over 31 reach­ing 69, which is over dou­ble the num­ber.

The to­tal num­ber of driv­ers caught drink­ing and driv­ing so far this year – 93 – is an in­di­ca­tion that there could be a re­duc­tion in the num­ber of such of­fences when com­pared to pre­vi­ous years.

Sta­tis­tics ob­tained from the po­lice show that 18 to 30-year-olds have in the last five years been the least likely to be found un­der the in­flu­ence of al­co­hol while driv­ing, with fig­ures show­ing that in 2012, 82 peo­ple be­tween the ages of 18 and 30 were found drunk driv­ing com­pared to 88 peo­ple over 31 years of age; in 2013, 66 peo­ple be­tween the ages of 18-30 years were found drunk driv­ing com­pared to 110 peo­ple over 31 years old; in 2014, 98 peo­ple be­tween the ages of 18-30 years were found drunk driv­ing com­pared to 143 peo­ple over 31; in 2015, 68 peo­ple be­tween the ages of 18-30 years were found drunk driv­ing com­pared to 104 peo­ple over 31 and in 2016, 75 peo­ple be­tween the ages of 18-30 years were found drunk driv­ing com­pared to 119 peo­ple over 31.

Over­all, the num­ber of driv­ers caught un­der the in­flu­ence of al­co­hol had in­creased sub­stan­tially from 2012 to 2014, from 170 to 241. The num­bers went down to 172 in 2015 and then 194 in 2016, mak­ing 2014 still the year with the worst record.

In Oc­to­ber of 2016 a na­tional al­co­hol pol­icy was launched in­clud­ing a pro­posal for the al­co­hol limit to be slashed from 0.8g of al­co­hol per litre of blood to 0.5g, which is the EU av­er­age.

A spokesman for the Of­fice of the Prime Min­is­ter had said the cur­rent limit of 0.8g of al­co­hol per litre of blood, the high­est in the EU, would be re­duced to around 0.5g – the EU av­er­age – un­der new pro­pos­als. The limit was planned to be set at 0.2g for driv­ers who have held their li­cence for less than two years, mo­tor­cy­clists and driv­ers of large ve­hi­cles, while a zero al­co­hol limit was set for bus, taxi and minibus driv­ers.

There was also a pro­posal that first-time of­fend­ers who are over the limit are is­sued with a €1,200 fine and pos­si­bly even a li­cence sus­pen­sion of be­tween a few months and three years.

The pro­pos­als are still to be im­ple­mented.

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