As the festive season gets underway Ceredigion’s Welsh Liberal Democrat MP Mark Williams is urging drivers in Ceredigion and across mid-Wales to avoid drink and drug driving, as new data from MoneySuperMarket shows that the mid-Wales region has highest rate of drink and drug driving convictions in the country.
The MoneySuperMarket price comparison website has analysed eleven million car insurance quotes over the last twelve months and the data reveals that in the mid-Wales region 1.81 drivers per 1000 have a conviction which is the highest in the country. The LD postcode – which stretches from the Brecon Beacons to Llandrindod Wells - has the highest proportion of motorists with drink or drug driving offences on their records - double the rate of some areas of London - with 1.9 per 1,000 drivers having convictions.
Commenting, Mark Williams MP, said:
‘Drivers who are under the influence of drink and drugs put their own lives and the lives of other road users at risk, and I am concerned that the mid-Wales region has the highest conviction rate.
‘In rural areas, it could be a lack of public transport or the misapprehension that people are less likely to be caught which causes motorists to take more risks. Whatever the circumstances, the fact remains that driving while over the limit is always illegal – there is simply no excuse.
‘I urge local residents to take care and keep themselves, the community and their loved ones safe during the festive period.’
Kevin Pratt, car insurance expert at MoneySuperMarket, said:
‘There are serious consequences for those caught breaking the drink and drug-driving laws. Those found guilty will receive a driving ban of at least 12 months, a fine of up to £5,000, and in some cases, a prison sentence of up to six months. Even after a ban is served, a conviction will see insurance premiums shoot up by an average £350 – which is more than the cost of some people’s policies in the first place.’