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MP WARNS MORAY DRIVERS OF THE COST OF DRINK DRIVING

18/12/2015  

As the festive season gets into full swing, Angus Robertson MP is urging drivers in Moray to avoid drink and drug driving, as new data from MoneySuperMarket shows that 1.31 per every 1000 drivers in Moray have a drink or drug driving conviction.

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 proportion.

The Moray rate of 1.31 is at the higher end of the scale of declared drink and drug driving offence. Local MP Mr Robertson has pointed to the impact of drink driving in serious and fatal collisions.

In Scotland the drink drive limit has been lowered where drivers could risk their licence with only one drink.

Angus Robertson MP said:

“An intoxicated 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.  

“There are few people who do not know someone who has been injured or killed on our roads. Almost all of these incidents are avoidable, especially where drink driving is a factor. It is disturbing that people choose to drink and drive risking harm to others, as well as the risk of large fines and the loss of their driving licence. I urge my constituents to take care and keep themselves, their communities and their loved ones safe this festive season”.

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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