More than 273,000 motorists have been disqualified from driving over the last five years after being convicted of drink driving offences, newly published figures show..
The data, released by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) in response to a Freedom of Information request, also reveals the postcodes that are home to the highest number of people with convictions for drink driving, something that raises the risk of road traffic accidents.
Eastern European drivers
Some of the places with the highest number of banned drivers also have large populations of workers from eastern Europe, prompting concern from the AA that drivers from that region could be less aware of Britain’s drink driving laws.
The DVLA figures show that three of the 10 postcodes with the highest number of convicted drink drivers are in Leicester. The others are in Croydon, Coventry, Peterborough, Daventry, Boston, Wisbech and Slough.
Edmund King, president of the AA, says while the drink driving laws, limits and strict penalties are well understood by UK citizens, they may be less so by some of the people who have come to work in Britain from eastern Europe.
That demographic factor he adds, is “likely to be an element” in explaining the postcode hotspots.
Date Published: May 21, 2016
Author: Jonathan Brown