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April 13, 2021

30 pc of young motorists have driven while intoxicated at least once

Young drivers associate drunk driving with a driving ban or road accidents, but fail to see the risk to their own lives. A study published yesterday shows that 30 per cent of Romanian male drivers aged between 18 and 30 have driven at least once while intoxicated. Young men admit to driving after drinking most often when they return from a club at night because they expect the chance that they may be caught is smaller given the slower traffic.

In the context of this behaviour, in 2010 traffic accidents caused by alcohol represented seven per cent of the total serious road accidents (645), Romanian Police says. ‘The events where alcohol is a concurrent cause have higher incidence among 18 to 23-year-olds,’ said Chief Commissar Lucian Dinita, Director of the Road Traffic Directorate of the Romanian Police General Inspectorate, at the launching of the ZeroLaMie (0‰) application designed to help drivers become aware of the fact that drinking and driving are incompatible. Last year, INML ran a total of 3,538 alcohol tests, 3,513 of which were on Police demand, and most of them (1,308) returned alcohol values between 0.80 and 2 g‰. The ZeroLaMie application launched by a beer producer as part of the ‘Find your balance!’ campaign, conducted togetehr with the Romanain Police and the National Forensic Meicine Institute (INML) is avaialble through text mesaging to 1267 and on mobile web at www.desprealcool.ro/zerolamie. It helps drivers calculate the extimated time required to get alcohol off the system.

The study was conducted by Cult Market Research between October 15 and November 20, 2010, using focus groups and questionnaires used on a group of 1001 respondents from urban areas.

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