Drink drivers in Lincolnshire have confessed to naughty tactics to avoid being caught – including taking the backroads and chewing gum.
A survey by First4Lawyers asked 2,000 drivers ahead of Christmas to explore bad driving habits in the UK.
Data reveals that 24% of Lincolnshire motorists confess to drink driving.
Tactics used to avoid being caught include:
- Taking the backroads
- Spraying perfume/aftershave
- Eating a heavy meal
- Chewing gum to reduce the smell of alcohol
- Sticking to the speed limit when drink-driving to ensure they don’t get pulled over
- Drinking coffee in hope that is sobers them up
- Making themselves sick to try and get the alcohol out of their system before driving
It was also found that 73% of Lincolnshire people surveyed were unsure what the legal limit is.
This comes after Lincolnshire Police announced that people charged with drink driving over the Christmas period will be publicly named.
Andrew Cullwick, spokesperson for First4Lawyers, said: “Despite 30 years of education and enforcement on drink driving, over 70,000 people are still caught each year.
“Latest Road Safety figures (2015) show that although 70,000 were caught drink driving, the police pulled over 520,219 drivers for roadside breath tests.
“No matter the methods to avoid being caught, authorities have the right to pull you over and test the alcohol levels in your system at any time.
“Bar staff, pub owners and the general public are also encouraged to report drink drivers, meaning that despite actions to avoid the police, drink drivers may have already been caught before they know it.”