Spotlight on drink driving hotspots

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Published: Wednesday 24th December 2014 by The News Editor

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Wales, Scotland and the north of England contain the worst hotspots for drink and drug driving in Britain, a new study has revealed.

Wales has four towns in the top 20, including top offender Llandrindod Wells with nearly two offences per 1,000 drivers, car insurance comparison site Moneysupermarket has found.

Swansea is at number four (1.76), Cardiff at number six (1.712) while Newport is at number 12 (1.62).

Scotland has five towns in the top 20 with Inverness in fifth place (1.72), Kirkcaldy at number seven (1.70), Aberdeen at 13 (1.62), Dundee at 18 (1.56) and Galashiels in 20th place (1.54).

Blackpool is the worst English town (1.85) followed by Crewe (1.76) in second and third place, while Shrewsbury (1.70), Darlington (1.69) and Northamption (1.67) make up the bottom of the top ten.

Kevin Pratt, car insurance expert at Moneysupermarket, said: “There are serious consequences for those caught breaking the drink and drug-driving laws. Those found guilty will receive a driving ban of at least 12 months, a fine of up to £5,000, and in some cases, a prison sentence of up to six months.

“Even after a ban is served, a conviction will see insurance premiums shoot up by an average £350 – which is more than the cost of some people’s policies in the first place.”

Highland MP Danny Alexander has urged drivers to avoid drink and drug driving.

“An intoxicated driver puts the lives of others at risk, whether they are drivers, pedestrians or passengers in their own car,” he said.

“Moneysupermarket’s latest research has revealed the full financial cost of a conviction, and provides yet another reason why drivers should avoid drink and drug driving. I urge Highlanders to take care and keep themselves, their communities and their loved ones safe this festive season.”

Published: Wednesday 24th December 2014 by The News Editor

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