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Cornwall's Teen Drink Drivers

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 12:32pm 27th September 2013

Underage, drunk and behind the wheel.

Pirate FM has learnt 29 teenagers aged 15, 16 and 17 were caught drink driving in Cornwall and Devon last year.

That is down from 77 who were picked up in 2008.

The figures come as it is revealed a growing number of young drivers are taking to the roads while over the limit.

Inspector Richard Pryce from Devon and Cornwall Police says they are working hard to get the message across: "The media messages that we put out are perhaps beginning to get through. The under 25's have represented a concern for the police service as they are disproportionately featuring in the numbers that we detect drinking and driving.

"We had a generation maybe brought up following the introduction mandatory disqualification for drinking and driving. That message stayed with them, but we do have a younger generation coming through now that that message hasn't got through to."  

Redruth driving instructor John Hewlett teaches the consequences through the 'Honest Truth' scheme. He calls one learner's story - shocking: "She was at a party and her friend said 'Oh I've been drinking but I'm going to have a kebab and that'll minimise the amount of risk' and she's fallen out with her because she wouldn't get in the car. That puts goosebumps on me that they're actually thinking just by having something to eat they can overcome drink.

"It's the party atmosphere and there's so many games nowadays you can play online and you've got the little joypads and you can have an accident on a game and then all of a sudden it's press the restart button and you can start again. I feel that's probably their mental attitude when they get behind a car."

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