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Over The Limit, Under Age And On Cornwall's Roads

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 6:02am 2nd October 2014.

Children as young as 15 are being caught drink-driving in Cornwall and Devon.

More than 240 under eighteens have been stopped by southwest police since 2008.

That is one of the highest figures in the country.

It includes two 15 year old boys and a 15 year old girl.

Across the UK an average of 1,000 under-18s have been convicted of drink-driving every year since 2008, according to figures obtained by in-car camera provider Nextbase.

Every week since 2008, an average of five drink-drivers under the age of 18 have been caught, the figures also revealed.

All 43 police forces in the UK have stopped under-18 drink-drivers between 2008 and 2013, with figures from Freedom of Information requests revealing the worst area in England for offenders was Greater Manchester, with 409 people arrested over the period.

Other hotspots included Scotland with 718 offenders, Hampshire with 276 and Devon and Cornwall with 241.

Nextbase said the overall number of underage drink-drive arrests had fallen year-on-year, but a number of areas including South Yorkshire, Northumbria and Kent had seen a rise.

A Department of Transport spokesman said: "Under-age driving is illegal and no person under the age of 17 should be driving a car.

"We have tough laws in place to tackle those caught driving without a licence.

"Drink-driving is a menace that costs lives, and the Government is strengthening the law to help police crack down on this problem."

Devon and Cornwall Police has also seen one of the biggest falls in the last couple of years.

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