December Worst Month For Drink Driving Figures

Tue Dec 2018

Newly published figures have revealed that December is the most problematic month of the year for drink drive crimes in the UK.

The data which has been published by Confused.com following a Freedom of Information request shows that in December 2017 more than 5,500 drivers were caught drink-driving, at a rate of 179 drivers a day. Whilst it may not be a surprise to some that the drink-drive figures spike at a time of festive parties and family gatherings, the fact that December counted for 10% of the UK’s total drink drive figures shows the extent of the problem.

2017 saw a total of 57,613 motorists caught drink driving, a 2 per cent increase on the previous year. With many drivers being caught with alcohol in their system the morning after a heavy night on the booze, Confused.com has created its own ‘morning after calculator’ to let drivers know if they are safe to drive or not. Of all the drivers caught drink-driving, one in four are in the morning after , with 15 per cent of drunk-drivers admitting they were caught between the hours of 5am and 11am.

Amanda Stretton, motoring editor at Confused.com, said: “There are a worrying number of people confused about how long they should wait between drinking alcohol and driving, and this has led to thousands of motorists being caught drunk behind the wheel each month.

“With December and Christmas party season just around the corner, we’ve created a morning-after calculator that gives an idea as to how much alcohol is still in your system, and how long it typically takes to leave your body to give a quick indication of when you might be safe to drive.

“Drink driving can seriously impact the safety of our roads and put other road users at risk. Not only this, but it can land drivers with a fine or driving ban, which can have a negative impact on their car insurance premiums. To avoid getting caught out, we suggest drivers stop drinking early if they know they have to get behind the wheel in the morning, but the best advice would be to avoid drinking alcohol at all.”