Driving under Influence

Department for Transport written question – answered on 15th February 2017.

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Photo of Alex Cunningham Alex Cunningham Shadow Minister (Work and Pensions) (Pensions)

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the implications of his policies of the Public Health England report, The Public Health Burden of Alcohol and the Effectiveness and Cost-Effectiveness of Alcohol Control Policies: An evidence review, published in December 2016, which found that designated driver schemes did not change the prevalence of people drink driving or riding with a drink driver.

Photo of Andrew Jones Andrew Jones Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

The findings of the evidence review of designated driver schemes were inconclusive. However, the Department’s THINK! road safety campaign works with commercial brands to reward designated drivers with free soft drinks. Feedback to this campaign has been positive so we will continue to use this approach whilst monitoring for any research in to the effectiveness of the designated driver messaging.

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