In recently released DVLA data, it has been revealed that over 8,000 motorists have been convicted of drink driving twice within 5 years.
The data, when drilled down also showed that some 449 motorists had been prosecuted 3 times.
The DVLA figures were released as part of a Freedom of Information Act request made by the Press Association.
One reading the data, President of the AA, Edmund King described the findings as astonishing and suggested that something should be done with regards to the procedure for returning driving licences in such cases.
The figures obtained were for DR10 endorsements by the DVLA, which relate to motorists either drink driving or attempting to drive while above the legal limit.
The number of times drivers had received a DR10 endorsement between 2010 and 2015:
- One – 219,008
- Two – 8,068
- Three – 449
- Four – 46
- Five – 5
- Six – 2
Mr King said: “The fact that more than 8,000 drivers have been caught twice in five years is all the more astonishing when they should have been off the road for a year or more.
“The repeat offender figures also suggest that a minority of drivers have a drink problem rather than a driving problem.
“Perhaps it is time to review some of the medical checks and rehabilitation courses before allowing these drivers back on the road.”
A spokesman from road safety charity Brake said: “It is appalling that offenders are being allowed to continue driving after being caught drink-driving multiple times.
“These are individuals who clearly have no regard for the lives of others. They have been granted ample opportunity to change their behaviour and should face the full force of the law.”
In response to these figures, the DVLA stated that they were obliged to return a driving licence once the period of disqualification was up. However, it would take appropriate action if there was any indication that the driver was till having issues with alcohol.
If a driver has been caught drink driving twice within 10 years or was caught with more than two and half times the legal limit of alcohol then they can be deemed a being high risk. If this is the case then they must pass an additional medical assessment, including blood tests before their licence is returned.
DVLA data has also shown that drink driving convictions have dropped over the past 5 years. In 2011 here were 53,885 convictions for drink driving where is 2015, the figure was 42,587.
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