Friday, 5 December 2014

Tiny Welsh town of 5,000 is Britain’s drink drive capital – while East London has least amount of convictions . . .

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Tiny Welsh town of 5,000 is Britain’s drink drive capital – while East London has least amount of convictions


Llandrindod Wells, Blackpool and Crewe found to be worst places in UK for drink and drug driving convictions

A small town in mid-Wales has been found to be the UK’s drink and drug driving capital, according to research.

The town of Llandrindod Wells, which has a population of around 5,300 people, knocked Aberdeen off the top spot with the highest proportion of offences for drink and drug-driving, with 1.98 offences per 1,000 drivers.

Blackpool and Crewe were close behind the Welsh town, with a rate of 1.85 and 1.81 offences per 1,000 people, but Llandrindod Wells still had twice the ratio of motorists with drink drive convictions than London, Bradford, or Liverpool.


A map showing Llandrindod WellsIn contrast, East London was found to have the lowest drink and drug conviction rate in the UK.

The survey, conducted by MoneySuperMarket, assessed 11 million quotes run over the past year to identify the areas.

It found that half of the top 20 areas for the least amount of convictions are postcodes within the M25 and on the periphery of London, though the online comparison site predicted that this was a consequence of the capital’s good public transport links.

Bradford, Liverpool and Huddersfield were also found to be in the top 20 of the UK’s low conviction areas.
Last year's drink driving campaignMen were found to be more than twice as likely to drive after drinking or taking drugs as women, while drivers aged between 20 and 24 most likely to offend, with 2.5 convictions per 1,000 motorists.

In Scotland, the legal drinking limit is being reduced from 80mg of alcohol in 100ml of blood to 50mg from 5 December, meaning that just one drink could push a driver over the limit.

Kevin Pratt, car insurance expert at MoneySuperMarket, said: “In a rural location such as Llandrindod Wells it could be the lack of public transport and the misguided belief they won’t get caught that’s leading people to drink and drive. Or maybe motorists are driving the morning after the night before, when they still have excess alcohol in their system.

“Whatever the circumstances, the fact remains that driving while over the limit is always illegal – there is simply no excuse.”




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