UK's drink and drug driving hotspots revealedBy Charlotte Whyatt - Thu 30th Nov 2017
A new study carried out by comparison website Money Supermarket has revealed the UK's drink and drug driving hotspots for 2017.
Their analysis of seven million car insurance quotes revealed that drivers in Sunderland are the worst offenders, with almost 3 in every 1000 having some level of conviction for either offence.
Second is the city of Truro in South Cornwall where 2.6 motorists out of every 1000 have been prosecuted for driving under the influence of either drugs or alcohol.
At the very bottom of the chart sits North London where only 0.59 drivers out of every 1000 have a drink or drug driving conviction.
The capital as a whole did particularly well in the study with some of its other borough making up six of the ten areas with the lowest rates of conviction.
Age wise, Money Supermarket's research shows motorists in the 25 to 29 bracket were the most likely to have either a drink or drug driving conviction with 3.32 out of every 1000 drivers reporting they had one when completing an insurance application.
This is compared to 0.25 drivers out of every 1000 in the 17 to 19 age bracket and 0.21 drivers out of every 1000 in the over 65 age bracket.
“There are serious consequences if you’re caught drink or drug driving," said Money Supermarket's Kevin Pratt. "These include 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.”