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Are teenagers receiving undue criticism for drink-driving?

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Women in their 30s and 40s are far more likely to break drink-driving laws than teenagers, a Freedom of Information (FoI) request has revealed.

Figures released by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) shed light on the profile of those who had exceeded the limit during the five year period from January 2011.

The figures found that – for both sexes – motorists in their mid-twenties were the most likely to flout drink driving laws.

Interestingly, women approaching middle age were far more likely to be caught drunk at the wheel than teenage girls.

There was a similar trend among men, suggesting that the youngest drivers on the road have something of an unfair reputation for disregarding the law.

Intriguingly, the data also confirmed that the number of drink-drive convictions has dropped over the five year period.

Terry Hogan, co-founder of the motoring website which collated the statistics, said: “The figures from our FoI show that drink-driving has in fact decreased since 2011.

“This begs the question whether reducing the limit is really necessary, or whether the nation is naturally wising up to the dangers of drink-driving.”

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