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Survey reveals UKs drink driving hotspots

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A tiny town in the middle of Wales, with a population of just over 5000, has been named the drink drive capital of the UK.

Llandrindod Wells, in Powys, has replaced Aberdeen as the location with the highest proportion of drivers flouting the law – in 12 months there were 1.98 drink drive offences for every 1000 motorists.

By contrast, drivers in London’s East End are least likely to exceed the limit, according to research by MoneySuperMarket.

Using data from 11 million quotes, the company was able to compile league tables, identifying those areas of UK where drink driving was particularly prolific.

Interestingly, a couple of Yorkshire towns appeared at the other end of the scale, with both Bradford and Huddersfield among the 20 towns and cities with the fewest convictions.

The same statistics found that men were more than twice as likely to get behind the wheel while over the limit and that 20 to 24-year-olds were the age group most likely to break the law.

Kevin Pratt, car insurance expert at MoneySuperMarket, said: “In a rural location such as Llandrindod Wells it could be the lack of public transport and the misguided belief they won’t get caught that’s leading people to drink and drive. Or maybe motorists are driving the morning after the night before, when they still have excess alcohol in their system.

“Whatever the circumstances, the fact remains that driving while over the limit is always illegal.”

At Lester Morrill we are experienced in handling cases relating 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 us today.