Llandrindod Wells, Blackpool and Crewe are the worst places in the UK for drink and drug driving convictions, our exclusive data has revealed. Looking at 11 million quotes run over the past year, we’ve identified the worst offending postcodes for driving under the influence. Worryingly, we’ve also found that, when compared to last year, the number of people driving after drinking or taking drugs could be on the rise. Here's a closer look at what our data-mining uncovered, and the extent of drink driving in the UK…
All’s not Well in Wales
Breaking the drug and drink-driving laws will land you with a driving ban of at least 12 months, a fine of up to £5,000 and, in some cases, a prison sentence of up to six months. The message still isn’t getting through to everyone, though. The mid-Wales town of Llandrindod Wells has knocked last year’s worst offender, Aberdeen, off the top spot with the highest proportion of offences for drink and drug-driving. In the LD postcode, there were 1.9 convictions per 1,000 drivers, compared to the Scottish city’s 2013 score of 1.5. Blackpool (FY) and Crewe (CW) take the second and third spots, both with conviction rates of 1.8 per 1,000 drivers.
Capital offences – or the lack of them
Meanwhile, London dominates the charts for the fewest convictions. Half of the top 20 are postcodes within the M25 and on the periphery of central London – no doubt a consequence of good public transport links.Kevin Pratt, our car insurance expert, 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 – there is simply no excuse.”