Shock figures over

drink driving

Breath test

YOU would think that with much TV advertising showing the horrors and dire results of drink driving that prosecution figures would be going down.

Sadly, this does not seem to be the case in some places. The fact is that drink driving incidents in London have increased by 45 per cent in just four years.

Latest figures show that there were 4,499 accidents caused by drink driving in the UK in 2016 where a police officer attended the scene.

The South East is ranked the worst region for drink driving with 953 incidents while the North East is being more responsibly minded at just 129.

Overall, Birmingham is the city with the most drink driving accidents at 59.

In the 2016 statistics, 136 booze related accidents were fatal, 1,085 were serious, and 3.278 were reported as ‘slight' accidents.

Specialists at Click4reg.co.uk, have analysed data gathered from government figures, reviewing data from 2012-2016 to learn which regions, cities and towns in the UK have the most and least reported accidents caused by drink driving, where a police officer attended the scene.

The data used consists of all accidents of different severities. The figures for each region contains a combination of counties, towns, boroughs and other forms of territorial divisions from which Click4reg has extracted only the cities and towns with corresponding data.

Over the country there has been a slight decline in drink-drive accidents but certain areas are causing concern.

A hotspot is the South East which is now regarded as the most dangerous region for drink driving accidents with 953 accidents reported in 2016.

On the other end of the scale, the North East has seen the least number of drink driving accidents, 129 in 2016. In this region, the cities with the largest number of accidents caused by drink driving were: Newcastle-upon-Tyne (19), Sunderland (13) and Gateshead (8).

Click4reg.co.uk assessed data for London, and the results have shown a rise in reported accidents caused by drink driving in the capital from 2012 until the end of 2016. The figures show a significant rise from 2012 where there were 267 accidents, compared to 386 accidents in London in 2016. This represents a 45 per cent difference in just four years.

The data analysed by Click4reg has shown that the top five London boroughs with the highest number of accidents caused by drink driving are: Hounslow (26), Haringey (22), Lambeth (21), Tower Hamlets (20) and Havering (20).

The five boroughs with the lowest number of accidents caused by drink driving are: Harrow (6), Sutton (5), Kensington and Chelsea (4), City of London (4), Islington (3).

Click4reg.co.uk also sought to find out which day of the week and at what time you are more likely to be stopped by the police and asked to take a breathalyser test.

With a total of 18,695 reported breath tests accounted for all hours of the day in 2016, the results have put Friday as the most likely day to be stopped by the police and to be breathalysed. Sunday is ranked as the ‘safest' day with the lowest number of reported breath tests for all hours throughout the year at 12,507.

The most ‘dangerous' hour for drivers who indulged in an alcoholic drink before returning to their wheel is 5pm, with 10,127 reported breath tests around that time in 2016.

In contrast, the ‘safest' hour in which drivers are least likely to be stopped by the police is 4am, with 560 reported incidents requiring drivers to take a breathalyser test.

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