20% Of BG Teenagers Believe Drinking Improves Driving Skills
Almost 20% of Bulgaria's teenagers between 16 and 18 years think that drinking alcoholic beverages improves one's driving skills, reports Mediapool.bg, quoting a survey of the BluePoint agency.
At the same time, 70% of those who had their driving licenses temporarily revoked for driving under the influence, continue to drink and drive.
Only 50% of drivers said they never drove under the influence, while 85% of those surveyed said they firmly disapprove of drinking and driving. At the same time, however, 10% of Bulgarian drivers does not mind driving after drinking small, according to their own estimations, amounts of alcohol.
In the last year almost 25% of Bulgarians rode in a car, driven by someone who had a drink.
The survey is part of the seventh annual campaign “Alcohol Is A Bad Driver”. This year it is under the aegis of interim Interior Minister Yordan Bakalov and with the support of Belgian ambassador to Bulgaria Anick Van Calster, the Union of Bulgarian Motorists, the Bulgarian Red Cross and the Kamenitza brewery.
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Nothing new here then, I expect many teenagers worldwide would have similar beliefs just as they would believe they are more invincible in a fight. Alcohol lowers inhibitions and makes everybody believe they are better and always right, caution is thrown to the wind. I can remember a friend of mine, many, many years ago, towards the end of a party where he had drunk a lot, telling his wife, who wanted to drive them home, that he was quite OK and that he could drive "as good as Stirling Moss"