Christmas is traditionally the time when police forces push to cut drink-driving rates, ahead of the festive season. However, new research has revealed that drink-driving rates in the worst affected areas have jumped by 27 per cent from last year.
Topping the chart with the highest rate of drink driving per person, is the small Welsh spa town of Llandrindod Wells, with a rate of 1.982 drink-driving convictions per 1,000 people – around twice as high as London and Liverpool. These figures have been revealed from a study of 11 million car insurance quotes on comparison site MoneySuperMarket over the last year.
Coming closely behind the 5,000-strong Welsh town with a rate of 1.856 is Blackpool, while the Cheshire town of Crewe came in third place with 1.809. Wales’ two largest cities also feature in the top six, sandwiched between Scottish towns Inverness and Kirkcaldy, which all score drink-driving conviction levels of more than 1.7 per 1,000 people.
In rural spots like Llandrindod Wells it could be lack of public transport and the delusion they won’t get caught. But there’s no excuse.
Finishing off the top 10 worst towns for drink-driving are Shrewsbury in Shropshire, Darlington in County Durham and Northampton. At the other end of the table with the lowest levels of offending was London, with six postcodes featuring in the 10 areas with the lowest level of convictions.
Responding to the question of why there are a high number of drink-drive offenders in these areas, a MoneySuperMarket spokesperson told the Mirror: "In rural spots like Llandrindod Wells it could be lack of public transport and the delusion they won’t get caught. But there’s no excuse. It’s illegal and these people put lives in danger.”
Those caught drink-driving face the prospect of a six-month prison sentence, a fine of £5,000 and a 12-month ban from driving. Currently drink-driving takes the lives of 300 people in Britain every year, with 80,000 offenders caught behind the wheel annually.