Sunderland named the UK's drink and drug driving capital

Sunderland named the UK's drink and drug driving capital
 
  • MoneySuperMarket reveals postal areas with highest rates of drink and drug driving convictions ahead of festive season
  • Offences up year-on-year across the UK
  • Sunderland, Truro and Coventry have the highest conviction rates
     

As the festive season draws near, MoneySuperMarket today reveals the postal areas that have the highest rate of drivers with drink or drug driving convictions on their car insurance policies1.

The analysis, which looked at seven million car insurance quotes run on the UK’s leading price comparison website over the last 12 months, found that those living in Sunderland have the highest number of drink and drug driving convictions, with nearly three (2.91) for every 1,000 drivers, an increase of 1.3 compared to last year1. 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 first time. Crewe, which had the highest number of offences in the UK last year, dropped to sixth place, despite its number of convictions rising overall from 1.69 to 2.29 per 1,0002.

At the other end of the scale, London dominates the list of postcodes with the lowest conviction rates for the second year in a row3. The postal area of North London boasts the lowest rate of drink or drug driving convictions, with just 0.59 convictions per 1,000 drivers, while five other London postal areas also feature in the bottom 10 - North West, West, East, South East and South West. Outside London, Luton also features in the bottom 10, as do Bolton, Exeter and St Albans.

The analysis found men are most likely to get behind the wheel while under the influence but the total rate of convictions has increased since 2016 for both male and female drivers, rising from 1.39 to 1.68 per 1,000 for men and from 0.92 to 1.20 per 1,000 for women4.

The conviction rate for drink or drug driving is the lowest for over 65s with 0.21 offences per 1,000 drivers, closely followed by 17 to 19 year olds, with just 0.25 convictions. Drivers aged 25 to 29  saw the highest rate of convictions, with three per every 1,000 drivers5.

Drivers who have a drink or drug driving conviction will typically see their motor premiums increase at renewal. For those who have been convicted and experienced a hike in their premiums, it’s worth shopping around as another provider might offer a smaller increase.

 

Kevin Pratt, consumer affairs expert at MoneySuperMarket, commented: “Most people rightly view drink and drug driving as totally unacceptable.  Although our analysis shows that it’s a minority that are offending, it’s worrying to see that convictions have increased since last year. This could be because people forget alcohol can stay in the system for a long time after the party is over, leading to being caught the following morning when they think they’re sober.

“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. So the message is clear: if you’re in any doubt about your sobriety, don’t drive. The temporary inconvenience you might suffer by not driving is a far better option than the life-changing upheaval that follows a conviction.”

To see the drink and drug driving conviction rates in your area, check out MoneySuperMarket’s interactive map.

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1 Based on claims history provided in MoneySuperMarket quotes from 01 Nov 2016 – 31 October 2017

2 Regional breakdown of highest amount of offences in 2017 and 2016

 

 

Region

Incumbent tariff - provider

Incumbent tariff - average bill value

Average bill value of 30 cheapest tariffs available on the market

Potential saving £

Potential saving %

South West

EDF

£1,196

£877

£319

26.67%

North Wales & Merseyside

Scottish Power

£1,178

£877

£301

25.56%

South East

EDF

£1,172

£877

£295

25.17%

West Midlands

npower

£1,167

£877

£290

24.90%

North East

npower

£1,166

£877

£289

24.79%

London

EDF

£1,165

£877

£288

24.72%

East Midlands

E.on

£1,148

£877

£271

23.61%

Yorkshire & Humberside

npower

£1,148

£877

£271

23.61%

South

SSE Southern Electric

£1,147

£877

£270

23.54%

North West

E.on

£1,145

£877

£268

23.41%

Northern Scotland

SSE Scottish Hydro

£1,138

£877

£261

22.93%

South Wales

SSE SWALEC

£1,136

£877

£259

22.78%

The East

E.on

£1,134

£877

£257

22.67%

Southern Scotland

Scottish Power

£1,115

£877

£238

21.35%

Average

N/A

£1,154

£877

£277

23.98%

 

For more information on how to save on your gas and electricity bills, visit: https://www.moneysupermarket.com/gas-and-electricity/switching-suppliers/

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1 Research undertaken between 17th January 2018 and 18th January 2018 by MoneySuperMarket. Sample consisting of 1,000 UK adults. 

Based on Ofgem medium usage consumption, using dual fuel standard tariff from the incumbent electricity supplier. Sourced by MoneySuperMarket on 12.03.18

 

Highest Amount of Offences, 2017

Rank

Postal Area

Postal Area Code

Rate

1

Sunderland

SR

2.91

2

Truro

TR

2.60

3

Coventry

CV

2.53

4

Blackburn

BB

2.46

5

Cleveland

TS

2.30

6

Crewe

CW

2.29

7

Wigan

WN

2.26

8

Wakefield

WF

2.24

9

Reading

RG

2.21

10

Wolverhampton

WV

2.12

Highest Amount of Offences, 2016

 

Rank

 

Postal Area

Postal Area Code

Rate

1

Crewe

CW

1.66

2

Llandrindod Wells

LD

1.55

3

Hereford

HR

1.52

4

Newport

NP

1.50

5

Swansea

SA

1.49

6

Cardiff

CF

1.48

7

Blackpool

FY

1.44

8

Carlisle

CA

1.40

9

Plymouth

PL

1.38

10

Llandudno

LL

1.38

 

3 Regional breakdown of lowest amount of offences in 2017 and 2016

 

Lowest Amount of Offences, 2017

Rank

Postal Area

Postal Area Code

Rate

1

London N

N

0.59

2

London NW

NW

0.64

3

London W

W

0.66

4

London E

E

0.74

5

Luton

LU

0.78

6

London SE

SE

0.80

7

Bolton

BL

0.82

8

London SW

SW

0.83

9

Exeter

EX

0.89

10

St Albans

AL

0.92

Lowest Amount of Offences, 2016

Rank

Postal Area

Postal Area Code

Rate

1

London NW

NW

0.53

2

London N

N

0.54

3

London E

E

0.56

4

London SW

SW

0.65

5

London W

W

0.68

6

Luton

LU

0.74

7

Bradford

BD

0.74

8

London SE

SE

0.75

9

Ilford

IG

0.77

10

Romford

RM

0.82

 

4 Drink and drug driving convictions by gender 2017 and 2016

5 Age bracket breakdown of offences in 2017 and 2016

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