A recent poll among UK police forces shows more and more older drivers are putting lives at risk by drinking and driving.
A total of 232 adults aged 75 and over were arrested for being over the legal limit while behind the wheel in 2012, including a 93-year-old in Devon.
Swiftcover.com said this represents a rise of 20% in just two years.
Southern England ‘drink-drive hotspot’
The car insurer obtained information from 42 police forces across Britain under the Freedom of Information Act. The data related to incidents involving motorists aged 50 and over between 2010 and 2012.
It found 15% of all drink-drivers were over the age of 50. Lancashire contributed significantly to that proportion with one of 54%, while the figure was down at just 2% in London. The North East and Yorkshire also had few cases of drunk older drivers.
The data suggests the South of England is home to the biggest offenders, with The South West having more over-75 drink-drivers than anywhere else.
Elderly drivers should know better
Swiftcover.com underwriting manager Roman Bryl said, “Drink-driving is not acceptable at any age. Although great strides have been made to tackle this in younger people, the number of motorists drink-driving from the older generations is still worryingly high.
“An increase in driving under the influence among the elderly is a shocking and deeply concerning trend as far too many casualties and fatalities occur as a result of this.”
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Date Published: October 15, 2013
Author: David Brown