Our recent poll has found that a majority (54%) of Brits support changing the law to require all new cars to have a breathalyzer attached to the ignition, so drivers would have to breathe into it and demonstrate they were below the legal alcohol limit before the car could be started. Just under a third (30%) of the public are against this, while 17% are undecided.
Women more in favour than men
The survey also reveals that women are considerably more in favour of requiring breathalyzers to be attached to car ignitions than men. A solid majority (59%) of women would support changing the law, while only 23% of women are against this, and 18% aren’t sure. Meanwhile, 48% of men are in favour, while 38% are opposed and 15% are undecided.
Younger people least supportive
Support for this measure increases with age, with 18 to 24-year-olds being the least in favour, while there is majority support in every other age bracket.
- 42% of 18 to 24-year-olds are in favour of changing the law to require cars to have breathalyzers, 35% are opposed and 23% are undecided
- 53% of 25 to 39-year-olds are in support, 30% are against and 17% don’t know
- 57% of people in the 40 to 59-year-old age bracket are in favour, 29% are against and 15% don’t know
- 56% of those in the 60+ group support this, 29% oppose it, and 15% are undecided
Londoners least supportive
There is majority support for changing the law to require all new cars to have a breathalyzer attached to the ignition, except for London. In the capital, 48% of people are in favour of changing the law, while 37% are opposed and 15% are undecided.
See the full results here