Wales had some of the highest convictions for drunken driving in 2016, say insurers.
Using postcode data, Money Supermarket found Llandrindod Wells, Newport, Swansea, Cardiff and Llandudno were in the UK’s top ten hotspots but not one of them has featured in this year’s table.
The countryside is plagued with drunk drivers, as new research reveals rural roads are the most dangerous spot for drink-driving related accidents.
Confused.com found almost 3 million (7%) UK motorists have been involved in a drink-driving related accident or near miss, with almost a third (34%) reporting this took place on a rural road – the highest percentage of any road type.
The research by the driver savings site comes as new figures, obtained via Freedom of Information requests to 25 UK police forces, reveal 44,740 motorists failed or refused breathalyser tests in 2016.
Some, particularly those driving on rural roads, seem to think the chance of not getting caught is low enough to take the risk.
This paints a worrying picture of country pub regulars potentially taking to the wheel after a few pints and meandering home along rural lanes.
And the research reveals it is older drivers who might be more guilty of this, as almost half (48%) of those who have driven having an alcoholic drink in a countryside pub are over the age of 55 In fact, a total of 2,094 drivers over the age of 60 failed or refused breathalyser tests in 2016, 81% of which were men.
With this in mind it is understandable why almost on in six (16%) motorists say that older people are most likely to drink-drive.