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One-Third of Finnish Men Admit to Drunk Driving

Over one-third of Finnish men have driven a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, according to a survey carried out for the Väli-Suomen Sunday newspaper supplement. About one-fifth of women admitted the same.

Poliisi tutkii alkometria auton  vieressä.
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The highest number of offenders are in the 25 to 34 year-old age group. Of this group, 32 percent admitted to drunk driving. Some 27 percent of pensioners also said they had driven while drunk. Among the under-25’s, only 16 percent admitted to driving while under the influence.

Regional variations were also significant in the survey. Some 37 percent of respondents in Lapland said they had driven while drunk. This compares to 28 percent in southern and western Finland. The lowest number of offenders were in eastern Finland and Oulu region.

The survey also showed some 40 percent of supporters of the True Finns party had been drunk at the wheel compared to a figure of 18 percent for supporters of the Greens and the Left parties.

Some 1,067 adults were questioned in the survey carried out in the month of June by pollster Taloustutkimus. The survey has margin of error of three percentage points.

Sources: YLE

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