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WATCH: Cornwall among worst areas for drink-driving

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 8:46am 30th November 2017. (Updated at 11:14am 30th January 2018)

Cornwall has emerged as the second worst area in the country for drink and drug-driving.

New research based on insurance quotes is revealing the number of drivers with a conviction.

MoneySuperMarket says the rate is more than two in every thousand with a TR postcode.

Spokesperson Kevin Pratt explains why that might be: "It's very difficult and very expensive to get home after a night out using public transport.

"In fact, it's probably impossible for the majority of listeners so they rely on their cars perhaps when they shouldn't do when they've had a drink; that's when the problems start.

"It's tempting to jump in the car and think it's quiet, rural roads, there won't be any police about and I'll probably be OK.

"That's not the case, especially at this time of year. Police are aware that this happens so they're looking out for people who might be driving under the influence".

MoneySuperMarket has an interactive map showing drink-drive conviction rates for postcode areas across the UK and you can check that here.

The research from MoneySuperMarket looked at seven million car insurance quotes over the last 12 months, to determine the worst and best areas based on claims history.

Sunderland topped the list, with nearly 2.91 in every 1000 drivers convicted of drink and drug driving. Truro (TR postcodes) in Cornwall came second with 2.6 and Coventry was third, with 2.53.

The over 65s are leading the way when it comes to staying safe behind the wheel with 0.21 convictions per 1000 people.

The conviction rate for drink or drug-driving was the second lowest amongst 17 - 19 year olds, with just 0.25 convictions per 1,000 drivers.

In comparison, the rate of convictions for drivers aged between 25 and 29-years-old was far higher, at three per 1000.

The analysis found men are most likely to get behind the wheel while under the influence, with an average rate of 1.68 convictions per 1000 male motorists, versus just 1.20 per 1000 for women.

On its website, Devon and Cornwall Police said: "Even a small amount of alcohol affects your ability to drive. If you drink and then get behind the wheel of a car, you risk your life, the lives of your passengers and others on the road. Drink driving costs lives".

Drink driving - Remember!

  • Don't drink and drive. The only safe limit is none
  • Beware of the morning after. You could still be over the limit
  • Plan how to get home without the need to drive
  • Don't offer an alcoholic drink to someone you know is planning to drive
  • Don't accept a lift from a driver you know has drunk alcohol.

Some viewers might find this footage of what happens when drink-driving goes horribly wrong upsetting...

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