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Drink-Drive Statistics Reveal 30 Is Not the Magic Number

When it comes to drink-driving, turning 30 doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re old enough to know better, according to a report from Motoring.co.uk.

A recent Freedom of Information Request (FOI) has found that 30-year-old women are 19 times more likely to be caught drink-driving than 18-year-old women. If you think that statistic is bad, the men are worse, with 30-year-old men clocking up 95 per cent more offences compared to 18-year-old drivers in the past five years, at 8,258 compared to 258. 

Although 30-year-olds are more likely to offend than their teenage counterparts, it is in fact 27-year-old men and 26-year-old women who committed the most offences at 8,886 and 1,620, respectively. 

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The FOI is based on responses from the DVLA on drink-driving offences from 2011 to January 2016 and states that men are 78 per cent more likely to offend when it comes to drink-driving offences with a total of 224,376 offences compared to 48,694 female offences. 

Elderly drivers were not off the hook either, with 80-year-olds nearly twice as likely to be caught drink-driving compared to 17-year-olds with 511 convictions

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There were 21 male offenders and five female offenders over the age of 90. The oldest offenders were three 95-year-old men and the oldest woman was 93-years-old.

This news comes as ministers are looking to lower the alcohol rate in England. The current limit is 80mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood and the plans would bring it in line with Scotland’s limit of 50mg. This is equivalent to a small glass of wine or a half pint of beer for women or a large glass or pint of beer for the average man. 

Should the drink drive limit be cut by a third?

We asked our 2.1 million registered users that make up its motoring community what they thought about plans for a reduced alcohol limit and found that 58 per cent were opposed to the idea. 

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Terry Hogan, co-founder of Motoring.co.uk, said: “Although a large proportion of our users are against plans for a reduced drink-drive limit, the fact is that the UK has some of the safest roads in the world thanks to how seriously we deal with lawbreakers. 

“That being said, the figures from our FOI show that drink-driving has in fact decreased since 2011 with 59,863 recorded offences versus 49,433 in 2015 – a reduction of 17 per cent. This begs the question whether reducing the limit is really necessary, or whether the nation is naturally wising up to the dangers of drink-driving.”

Motoring.co.uk has been helping millions of motorists choose better for over eight years and, with around one million unique users per month, it provides a community where users can find open and transparent information from car owners, car dealers and manufacturers, all in one place.