An average of a 1000 people under 18 are being convicted of drink driving each year, according to “shocking” new statistics.
More worrying still, a quarter of the 6500 offenders caught since 2008 have been under the age of 16.
The youngest person prosecuted was an 11-year-old, found behind the wheel in the Thames Valley area three years ago.
The statistics came to light following Freedom of Information requests made by Nextbase, an in-car camera company.
Philip Goose, senior community engagement officer at the road safety charity Brake, said the sorts of offences being recorded were “appalling”.
“Driving is the most dangerous thing that any of us do on a daily basis, and to see that people under the age of 16 are driving illegally, whilst drunk, is shocking,” he told the Daily Express.
“Drinking any amount of alcohol before driving dramatically increases your risk of crashing and killing or seriously injuring yourself or others.”
Greater Manchester and Scotland have been identified as areas of the UK with a disproportionately high level of underage drink drivers, although across the country as a whole the number of convictions is falling year-on-year
A Department for Transport spokesman said: “Drink driving is a menace that costs lives, and the Government is strengthening the law to help police crackdown on this problem.”
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