For most a night out on the town is an enjoyable experience. However, many find the expense of a taxi home, especially late night bumped up charges, too much to take and are taking to the roads after having a few drinks.
Recent research by a leading insurer has found that around 1.3 million of those questioned are willing to drive drunk to save money on taxi fares. With up to date figures revealing that in 2007 almost 14,500 of all road casualties were caused by a driver being over the limit, it seems the practice of driving drunk is a common occurrence.
It appears that it is predominantly younger age groups which more readily take the risk with those aged between 18 and 34 most likely to get in their car whilst under the influence of drink.
The head of the firm said there was "no excuse" for committing this crime and strongly asserts that motorists should not drive drunk. She went on to comment that:
"It's worrying to see the number of people who would drink and drive because they feel saving a few pounds outweighs the risk to themselves and others."
There are other ways to save money on a night out and still have a good time. Perhaps drivers could take it in turns to not drink and then take their friends home or going out but not drinking alcohol. Possibly staying nearer home and walking is a better option than getting behind the wheel after drinking.