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Young drivers drinking too much
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Young drivers drinking too much

14.03.2012 From our online archive
The number of young people drink driving is growing in Luxembourg, a study on the national night without accidents has shown.

(JB) The number of young people drink driving is growing in Luxembourg, a study on the national night without accidents has shown.

The one-night campaign, which is now in its ninth year, revealed that nearly 22% of volunteer drivers aged up to 25 years old, were over the legal alcohol limit for driving.

During the experiment on October 15 in Luxembourg City, a handful of young drivers were challenged by members of the YoungACL and Responsible Young Drivers to drink soft drinks. Those who accepted wore a bracelet as a sign of moral commitment.

Before driving home the same night, participants were then invited to take a breathalyser test to see if they were fit to drive. Those who failed the test were encouraged to find alternative means to get home.

The study revealed that 21.8% of young drivers exceeded the legal alcohol limit for driving, a growth of 5% compared with the same study conducted in 2010. Only 78.2% were not over the limit.

The night without accidents campaign was originally launched in Belgium in 1995. This year the study was conducted in 27 European countries.