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Increase in drink and drug driving convictions revealed in insurance quote data

Drink and drug driving offences are up year-on-year across the UK, according to new insurance quote data revealed by MoneySuperMarket.

Sunderland has been named the UK's drink and drug driving capital, according to MoneySuperMarket insurance analysis

Sunderland has been named the UK’s drink and drug driving capital, according to MoneySuperMarket insurance analysis

According to the comparison website, 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 women.

The figures follow last week’s publication of the Department for Transport’s Motor vehicle offences (RAS61) statistics, which actually showed that serious offences such as dangerous driving and careless or drunken driving have fallen from 276,000 to 179,000 over the last six years, although speeding is at a six-year high.

MoneySuperMarket also revealed the postal areas with the highest rates of drink and drug driving convictions ahead of the festive season. Its interactive map shows 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 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 first time.

At the other end of the scale, the postal area of North London boasted the lowest rate of drink or drug driving convictions, with just 0.59 convictions per 1,000 drivers.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.