A key price comparison website says drivers in Crewe are the worst offenders in the UK when it comes to driving under the influence. A study by Moneysupermarket.com found that 1.74 in every 1,000 drivers with Crewe postcodes had convictions for alcohol or drug offences while driving.
Researchers say they collated the results of 11 million car insurance quotes given over the past 12 months and say the Cheshire town has the highest percentage levels in the UK for drivers with this category of conviction. The next four locations on the list of worst drink-driving offenders were all in Wales.
The first of the Welsh towns was Llandrindod Wells, with 1.60 convictions per 1,000 drivers, and it was followed by Cardiff, Newport and Swansea respectively. The conviction rate for drivers in Cardiff was 1.59 and the latter two towns were joint third in the table with 1.58.
Moneysupermarket.com’s results do not take into account how diligently each police force targets drink-drivers and only indicate successful conviction rates. Drivers in London had the lowest amount of convictions for drink or drug driving.
Critics of the report claim this is simply due to the fact public transport options in the capital are much better than elsewhere and drivers have the option of leaving the car at home. Bradford and Ilford are among locations with lots of Muslims and they are also low offender areas.
Moneysupermarket.com insurance specialist Kevin Pratt noted that drink driving convictions have dropped a little since last year. Llandrindod Wells topped the table in 2014 with almost two in every 1,000 drivers saying they had drunk-driving offences recorded on their licences.