One in five UK workers drive to work ‘under the influence’

With the Police Federation calling for the national drink drive limit in England and Wales to be lowered in line with Scotland, a new survey has revealed that more than one in five UK workers drive to work still under the influence from the night before.

Driving to work the morning after – regional figures

  • West Midlands – 31.13 per cent
  • London – 28.02 per cent
  • North East – 27.62 per cent
  • Yorkshire & Humberside – 25.93 per cent
  • North West – 24.26 per cent
  • East Anglia – 21.98 per cent
  • East Midlands – 21.05 per cent
  • Wales – 18.92 per cent
  • South West – 18.81 per cent
  • Scotland – 18.26 per cent
  • South East – 18.25 per cent
  • Northern Ireland – 14.29 per cent

23.53 per cent of British workers admitted to driving into work while still feeling over the limit. Workers in the West Midlands were most likely to drive into work under the influence (31.13 per cent), closely followed by employees in London (28.02 per cent), and personnel in the North-East (27.62 per cent). The full table can be seen below.

Scotland’s workforce came tenth in table (18.81 per cent), which is perhaps indicative of more caution being shown on work nights due stricter drink-driving laws north of Hadrian’s Wall.

Danny Clarke, head of occupational health and safety at ELAS, said: “Employers must take a proactive role in reducing the risks associated with driving under the influence and in raising awareness of the serious implications that driving to work while under the influence can have on employee well-being and work productivity.”

Clarke also said the figure only shows those admitting to driving under the influence, implying that the figure could actually be higher adding:

“Employers within logistics, transport and haulage industries should take considerable notice of the recent news and must ensure they have robust procedures in places to tackle workers under the influence of alcohol when at work.”

The survey of 1,500 workers was commissioned by Onepoll and ELAS.

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