Drink & Drug Driving Hotspot

Where in the UK are drivers most likely to have a conviction for drink or drug driving?
Explore our interactive map to find out

With an increased awareness of the health risks of excessive drinking, and indicators that as a nation we are drinking less, it is good news to see that rates for drink drug driving are dropping.

Drivers are obliged to tell prospective insurers about any convictions they have. An analysis of 6.4 million quotes run through MoneySuperMarket in the year to 31 October 2019 shows that the combined rate of drinks and drugs driving related offences have dropped to 1.01 drivers per 1,000, from 1.14 in 2018.

Specifically, drink driving offence rates are declining, with MoneySuperMarket data showing the rate per 1,000 drivers falling from 1.03 in 2018 to 0.87 this year. However, across almost age groups the number of drug driving offences has risen slightly, standing at 0.14 per 1,000 drivers compared to 0.11 the previous year, perhaps owing to the laws on drug driving introduced in 2015 now being firmly embedded.

If you cause an accident or are even just caught driving while under the influence, regardless of if anyone is hurt, you'll be banned from driving for at least a year, hit with a hefty fine, and have points added to your licence, which will affect future insurance premiums.

But while the potential effects of drink or drug driving are clear, incidences still occur. In a MoneySuperMarket poll of 2,000 adults, one fifth (19%) of drivers said they had definitely driven while over the limit – either intentionally or unintentionally – while 12% admitted they thought they may have done so a few times.

Alongside the rates for drink driving offences across the country our data also reveals the drink and drug driving hotspots in the UK – take a look at our interactive map to see how your local area compares.

Click and zoom to see drink and drug driving conviction rates across the UK

Locations with fewest convictions

Rank Postal Area Postal Area Code Rate per '000 quotes
1 London NW NW 0.42
2 Galashiels TD 0.50
3 Perth PH 0.58
4 Enfield EN 0.62
5 London N N 0.63
6 Cambridge CB 0.63
7 Glasgow G 0.64
8 London W W 0.64
9 Ilford IG 0.64
10 London SW SW 0.65

Locations with most convictions

Rank Postal Area Postal Area Code Rate per '000 quotes
1 Hereford HR 1.80
2 Darlington DL 1.69
3 Llandudno LL 1.64
4 Liverpool L 1.64
5 Blackpool FY 1.56
6 Newport NP 1.52
7 Crewe CW 1.50
8 Cardiff CF 1.46
9 Chester CH 1.44
10 Telford TF 1.41