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Carlisle has fifth worst figures for drink-driving in UK

Motorists in Carlisle are the fifth worst drink-drive offenders in the UK, according to latest figures.

A national insurance broker has examined the 12 million quotes which were requested via its website in a 12-month period, and worked out the rate of convictions for drink-driving per 1,000 quotes per year.

According to moneysupermarket.com, people who registered a CA postcode came out number five in the list of towns with the highest offenders.

Carlisle’s rate of convictions stands at 1.485. Topping the table was Aberdeen, with a rate of 1.521, followed by Inverness (1.491) and Swansea (1.490).

A spokesman for the company said: “Our research shows that motorists in rural areas are more likely than their urban counterparts to have a drink or drug-driving related conviction.

“It seems fair to conclude rural drinkers are more likely to drink-drive because of the lack of public transport, cost of taxis and the distances between drinking venues and home.”

The assumptions appear to be backed up the figures for those areas with the fewest convictions: London North, London East, and London North West take the top three places, followed by Ilford and Harrow.

Cumbria police launched its annual drink and drug driving campaign at the end of November, which will run into the new year. In December 2012, officers carried out 3,059 breath tests, with 85 people either failing or refusing a test. Less than 30 per cent were under the age of 25.

Sergeant Graeme Hodgson, from the county’s Roads Policing Unit, said: “People who drive whilst under the influence of alcohol and drugs are risking their own and other people’s lives.

“Prevention is definitely best when it comes reducing the risk to people’s lives. We want to stop a driver before they kill or seriously injure someone rather than deal with the consequences.”

Have your say

excuse the rushed comment - I meant to say most drink driving takes place in 'rural' areas.....

Posted by ashley on 14 December 2013 at 13:12

I have to agree it's a lazy piece of reporting. CA does cover a significant part of Cumbria from the Scottish border to Ravenstonedale and Ravenglass. To be fair though, the Post Office did call the post code areas after the main town with the central sorting office so CA does stand for an is referred to as carlisle.
But, leaving aside the pedantic, there is an issue here: most drink driving takes place in 'urban areas' where public transport is scarce if not non existent and where there is, in my experience, a less intolerant approach to this problem.

Posted by Ashley on 14 December 2013 at 08:22

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