In a survey obviously not commissioned by Starbucks, McDonald’s or any other establishment with drive-thru food and beverage service, two-thirds of motorists (66 percent) said they would extend the ban on don’t drink and drive to all beverages, not just those that are alcoholic.
The survey of nearly 700 drivers was done in England by Motorpoint, which claims to be the UK’s largest independent car retailer.
Motorpoint noted in announcing the results that, “While it is not illegal to drink while driving, you can still be issued with a fine because it is classed as driving without due care and attention… the police are still able to issue penalty points and a fine as the act of drinking can be viewed as a ‘distraction’ and therefore is classed as driving without due care and attention.
“This currently carries a £100 fine and three penalty points. Other motoring offenses that are also classed as ‘careless’ include trying to read a map, adjusting a stereo, eating as well as listening to loud music while driving on the road.”
“The results of our survey are pretty emphatic,” Hayden Vokes, Motorpoint marketing director, was quoted. “While many of us will take a soft drink on a car journey, even the shortest lapse in concentration could have potentially fatal consequences for other people.
“This is why it’s always advisable to stop off somewhere along the way to enjoy a drink, have something to eat, check your messages on your phone – you should avoid doing anything that has the potential to distract you while you are driving.”