New drink and drug-driving stats have been revealed telling you where – and who – to avoid when out of the road this festive period.
For the previous two years Crewe has been handed the shameful crown of the UK city with the highest rate of drink and drug-driving offences… but that’s not the case in 2017.
The unwanted gong of drink and drug-driving UK capital this year goes to Sunderland.
Drink-drive capital: A review of more than 7 million insurance quotes identified Sunderland a the location with the highest proportion of drivers with a conviction for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
Analysis of more than 7 million insurance quotes by comparison MoneySuperMarket has revealed which locations have the most drivers with over-the-limit convictions on their licence in the last 12 months and also highlighted the occupations with the most drink and drug drivers in the country.
According to the research, nearly three (2.91) in every 1,000 Mackem drivers have a drink or drug driving conviction on their their licence – an increase of 1.3 compared to last year.
Truro in Cornwall (2.6) and Coventry (2.53) follow in second and third place, with all three areas entering the top 10 for the dishonourable driving offences for the first time.
Crewe, which topped the charts in 2015 and 2016, dropped to sixth place, despite its number of convictions rising overall from 1.69 to 2.29 per 1,000 motorists.
With the three cities – Sunderland, Truro and Coventry – with the highest rate of drivers with over-the-limit black marks on their licences running the length of England, you’re probably wondering where in the UK you’ll be safest?
According to the review of insurance quotes, the haven from dangerous drink and drug-drivers is London – though that shouldn’t come as much a surprise considering the higher use of public transport and the introduction of the night tube on Friday and Saturday evenings.
Almost 3 in 1,000 drivers with a Sunderland postcode had a drink-driving conviction
Sunderland topped the charts as the location with the highest rate of drivers with drink- or drug-driving convictions
Crewe, which has been named the drink-drive capital of the UK by MoneySuperMarket in 2015 and 2016 is sixth in 2017 – that”s despite offences for driving under the influence being higher in the city than last year
North London boasted the lowest rate of drink or drug driving convictions, with just 0.59 out of 1,000 drivers having a ‘driving under the influence’ blemish on their licence.
No less than five other London areas also feature in the list of the 10 areas with the lowest rate of drink- or drug-driving offences: North West, West, East, South East and South West London.
Outside London, Luton also features in the bottom 10, as did Bolton, Exeter and St Albans.
The full details of the results can be seen on this interactive UK map.
MoneySuperMarket’s study of more than 7 million motor insurance quotes found that men were more likely than women to have a drink-driving conviction
Drivers between the age of 25 and 29 are most likely to have a ‘driving under the influence’ conviction
The data shows that drink driving convictions for the two youngest and two oldest age brackets declined between 2016 and 2017, though it increased in the middling years
MoneySupermarket’s research also scrutinised the differences in drink- and drug-driving conviction rates by sex and age.
In the last 12 months, both genders have posted an increased rate of drink and drug-driving offences, though men are still more likely to have one of these convictions than women – 1.68 per 1,000 drivers compared to 1.20 respectively.
The conviction rate for drink or drug driving is the lowest for over-65s with 0.21 offences per 1,000 drivers. What might be surprising to some is that they’re closely followed by 17 to 19-year-olds with just 0.25 convictions.
Drivers aged 25 to 29 saw the highest rate of offenders, with three per every 1,000 drivers.
The research looking at the occupations with the highest rate of drink-driving offences didn’t make great reading for mature students or white van drivers
In terms of occupations, mature students living at home are most likely to have a drink or drug driving conviction, with a staggering 28.5 per 1,000.
Mature students living away from home were second most likely to have a drink or drug-driving conviction (16.5 per 1,000 drivers), followed by a raft of construction-related workers, including scaffolders, labourers, ground workers and builders, raising some concerns for the safety of white van drivers up and down the country.
Kevin Pratt, consumer affairs expert at MoneySuperMarket, said: ‘Although our analysis shows that it’s a minority that are offending, it’s worrying to see that convictions have increased since last year.
‘There are serious consequences if you’re caught drink or drug driving, including a driving ban of at least a year and an unlimited fine, as well as a possible jail sentence of up to six months.
‘Furthermore, an endorsement for drink or drug driving will sit on your licence for 11 years and you’ll have to declare the offence when you apply for car insurance for five years.’
Police forces around the UK will be conducting their festive drink-driving roadside checks this month, which will also include swabbing motorists to measure if drugs are in their system
Confused.com surveyed 2,000 drivers and found that more than a third of drivers had been involved in – or nearly involved in – an accident with a drunk driver on rural roads
Separate research by Confused.com suggested that drink drivers pose the most risk on rural roads, which is where the majority of accidents take place.
According to a survey of 2,000 drivers, almost 3 million (7 per cent) of UK motorists have been involved in a drink-driving related accident or near miss, with over a third (34 per cent) reporting this took place on a rural road – the highest percentage of any road type.
The comparison website found that 44,740 motorists failed or refused breathalyser tests in 2016, according to feedback from 25 UK police forces.
Earlier this week, This is Money revealed the UK roads that registered the most collisions since 2010.