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UK’s drink and drug driving hotspots revealed

UK’s drink and drug driving hotspots revealed
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Hugo Griffiths

2017-11-30 00:01

Sunderland tops UK drink and drug driving table, with conviction rates increasing across the country

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New figures have revealed the UK’s drink and drug hotspots, and also show conviction rates for drink and drug driving increased in 2017 compared to 2016.

Topping the charts is Sunderland, where almost three in every 1,000 drivers have a conviction for drink or drug driving. 

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An analysis of seven million car insurance quotes revealed 2.91 drivers in Sunderland have a drink or drug driving conviction, with 2.6 of every 1,000 Truro resident motorists, and 2.53 in every 1,000 Coventry drivers having been caught.

Top 10 UK drink and drug driving hot spots

Rank Postal Area Postal Area Code Rate per 1,000 drivers

1

Sunderland SR

2.91

2

Truro TR

2.6

3

Coventry CV

2.53

4

Blackburn BB

2.46

5

Cleveland TS

2.3

6

Crewe CW

2.29

7

Wigan WN

2.26

8

Wakefield WF

2.24

9

Reading RG

2.21

10

Wolverhampton WV

2.12

Conversely, those living in north London had the lowest rates, with just 0.59 drink or drug driving convictions per 1,000 drivers. Other London areas comprised six of the 10 areas with the lowest rates of conviction.

Men are significantly more likely to have been caught driving under the influence of drink or drugs. Nationally, 1.68 men per 1,000 had been convicted compared to 1.2 per 1,000 women. Both those figures are up from last year, when 1.39 men and 0.92 men said they had a conviction for drink or drug driving. 

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The research, undertaken by comparison website MoneySuperMarket, also reveals drivers aged 25 to 29 are most likely to have been caught driving under the influence, with 3.32 out of every 1,000 motorists in that age bracket applying for insurance quotes reporting a conviction. Just 0.21 per 1,000 over 65s had a conviction, and only 0.25 17 to 19 year olds had been caught with more than the proscribed limit for drink or drugs in their systems.

Commenting on the findings, Kevin Pratt from MoneySuperMarket, said: “There are serious consequences if you’re caught drink or drug driving, including a driving ban of at least a year and an unlimited fine, as well as a possible jail sentence of up to six months. If you’re in any doubt about your sobriety, don’t drive.”  

How can the UK Government combat drink and drug driving more effectively? Let us know in the comments…



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