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Women drink drivers double in the past 15 years

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The number of women being convicted of drink-driving has almost doubled since the late 90s, a new report has revealed.

The study found that while men were still far more likely to drive while over the limit, the number of women breaking the law had increased dramatically.

In 1998, women accounted for just nine per cent of drink-drive convictions, but by 2012 this had risen to 17 per cent.

While some say the surge is further evidence of Britain’s binge drinking culture, it’s more likely a result of an increasing number of women learning to drive in the first place.

Another apparent problem is that over half of female motorists have little knowledge of drink-driving laws.

The study, commissioned by car insurance company Direct Line and the Rees Jeffreys Road Fund, found that 60 per cent did not know the legal limit.

Steve Maddock, managing director of claims at Direct Line Group, said: “The issue of women and drink-driving is rarely addressed, but when we look at the figures, we can see that this is a real issue.

“Part of the problem is a lack of awareness and confusion as to what constitutes drink-driving and also the misguided belief that in some circumstances, driving while over the limit can be justified.”

Responding to the survey, Road Safety Minister Robert Goodwill said that new laws would make it easier for police to prosecute drink drivers and introduce tougher punishments for those found guilty.

At Lester Morrill we are experienced in handling cases related to drink driving and through our experience we will look to identify weaknesses in the prosecution’s case, as well as advising you on mitigating circumstances which may help to avoid disqualification.

To find out how we can assist you in such matters, contact our team today.

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