Steer clear of drink-driving says Carshalton and Wallington MP

As the festive season gets underway, Tom Brake MP is urging drivers in Carshalton and Wallington to avoid drink and drug driving, as new data from MoneySuperMarket shows that 1.02 per every 1,000 drivers in Carshalton and Wallington have a drink or drug driving conviction1.

Tom said:

“A drunk or drugged driver puts the lives of others at risk, whether they are drivers, pedestrians or passengers in their own car. MoneySuperMarket’s latest research has revealed the full financial cost of a conviction, and provides yet another reason why drivers should avoid drink and drug driving.  Although drink driving conviction rates in London are relatively low, please take care and keep yourselves, our communities and everyone’s loved ones safe this Christmas and New Year”.

MoneySuperMarket analysed 11 million car insurance quotes run over the last 12 months. It found the railway town of Crewe has the highest proportion of motorists with offences for drink and drug driving, while Central London drivers have the lowest proportion2.

Kevin Pratt, car insurance expert at MoneySuperMarket, said:

“There are serious consequences for those caught for drink or drug driving, including up to six months’ jail time, a driving ban of at least a year and a fine of up to £5,000. Even after a punishment has been served, a conviction 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.”

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1 Regional breakdown of amount of offences per constituency and/or postcode:

Based on claims history provided in MoneySuperMarket quotes from 1 October 2014 to 30 September 2015 (motorists were asked to disclose five years of conviction history)

2 Highest rates 2014/15, by postal area

Highest Number of Offences, 2015

Rank

Postal Area

Postal Area Code

Rate

1

Crewe

CW

1.74

2

Llandrindod Wells

LD

1.60

3

Cardiff

CF

1.59

4

Newport

NP

1.58

5

Swansea

SA

1.58

6

Aberdeen

AB

1.53

7

Blackpool

FY

1.49

8

Darlington

DL

1.47

9

Telford

TF

1.45

10

Plymouth

PL

1.42

Lowest rates 2014/15, by postal area

Lowest Number of Offences, 2015

Rank

Postal Area

Postal Area Code

Rate

1

London WC

WC

0.12

2

London NW

NW

0.66

3

London E

E

0.68

4

Bradford

BD

0.68

5

Ilford

IG

0.76

6

London SW

SW

0.76

7

Luton

LU

0.77

8

London N

N

0.78

9

London EC

EC

0.81

10

London W

W

0.85