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Drink driving figures made public

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Police are charging an increasing number of older motorists with drink-driving offences, although younger people remain the most likely to break the law.

New statistics, from the Department for Transport, have revealed that 3,000 drivers over the age of 60 were stopped by officers over a 12 month period.

The oldest man to have exceeded the alcohol limit was 91-years-old, while a woman off 88 was also found to be flouting the law.

The sizeable number of older drivers falling foul of legislation are, however, still a relatively small proportion of the 49,069 people nationwide who were prosecuted for breaking drink-drive laws.

Of these, more than eight out of ten were men and those in their mid-20s remain the age group most likely to end up in court.

It is thought that Britain’s ageing population – there are far more people over the age of 60 than previously – may have a bearing on statistics.

Overall, the older generation is less likely to “take the risk” and get behind the wheel while over the legal limit.

Peter Williams, a road safety expert from the RAC, said: “They have considerable driving experience.

“Younger drivers are more likely to drink-drive, with 26 per cent aged 17 to 24 thinking or knowing they have done so in the last year.”

If you are facing drink-driving charges, it is important to seek legal advice at the earliest opportunity to ensure the best possible representation. For further details about how Lester Morrill’s road traffic team can help you, please contact us.

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