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Welsh town of 5,000 is Britain's drink drive capital

IANS November 29, 2014 7:02 IST

London: A study has found Llandrindod Wells, a small town in Wales, is emerging as Britain's drink and drug driving capital.

Llandrindod Wells, with a population of around 5,300, knocked Aberdeen city off the top spot with the highest proportion of offences for drink and drug-driving, with 1.98 offences per 1,000 drivers, The Independent reported.

Blackpool and Crewe were close behind the Welsh town, with a rate of 1.85 and 1.81 offences per 1,000 people, but Llandrindod Wells still had twice the ratio of motorists with drink drive convictions than London, Bradford, or Liverpool.

In contrast, East London was found to have the lowest drink and drug conviction rate in the UK.

The survey, conducted by MoneySuperMarket, assessed 11 million quotes run over the past year to identify the areas.

Bradford, Liverpool and Huddersfield were also found to be in the top 20 of Britain's low conviction areas.

Men were found to be more than twice as likely to drive after drinking or taking drugs as women, while drivers aged between 20 and 24 were most likely to commit the offence, with 2.5 convictions per 1,000 motorists.

In Scotland, the legal drinking limit is being reduced from 80mg to 50mg of alcohol in 100ml of blood from Dec 5, meaning just one drink could push a driver over the limit.