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Would you let a drunken friend drive you home?

14th October 2013

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New research has revealed that one in ten students has knowingly accepted a lift from an individual who they felt had drunk too much to drive to the best of their abilities.

More than one in 20 of the students polled exhibited a cavalier attitude to drink driving and told researchers they didn’t mind that their would-be driver had been drinking as they were just ‘happy to get a free lift home’, according to research from Kabbee and Don’t Be That Someone.

15% told researchers that they had accepted rides from potentially over-the-limit drivers if they were not ‘visibly affected’ by the alcohol they had drunk.

Kabbee and Don’t Be That Someone polled 2,000 Brits — 1,642 of them either students or former students — for the study, which they hope will convince more students to step up and stop their friends from drinking and driving.

Mike McAdam, founder of the Don’t Be That Someone campaign, said:“Drinking is a time-honoured part of student culture – which only makes it more important that students are on the lookout for drink driving – on the look-out and ready and willing to intervene when and where they see that it’s about to happen. Stopping a drink driver is heroic – and it could well save lives.”

Kabbee, the price comparison and booking service for minicabs, is offering London students £5 worth of free credit – a move it hopes will encourage students to consider getting home via minicab at the end of a night out.

Students wishing to claim the credit will need to enter the code CABCREDIT when they create an account on the Kabbee website or through the Kabbee iOS, Android or BlackBerry apps and then top up their prepaid account and book a journey over £10.

The Don’t Be That Someone campaign exists to inform teenagers about the dangers and consequences of drink driving. Find out more info here.

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