Figures obtained from the DVLA show that over 32,000 motorists have two or more convictions for drink driving dating back to 2010.
Some drink drivers have been charged with the offence seven, eight, or even nine times in the last eight years.
The information, handed to the Mirror newspaper via a Freedom of Information request, shows that 28,791 drivers have been prosecuted twice for driving while under the influence, while 2,880 were prosecuted three times, and 438 four times.
In England and Wales, a total of 18 have a minimum six convictions, of which three have seven and four drink drivers have eight.
Current penalties for drink driving are a minimum of one-year disqualification, an unlimited fine, and up to six months in prison – penalties are harsher in cases where drink driving leads to death or serious injury by dangerous driving.
The figures read as follows:
#Convictions – #Motorists
1 – 386,248
2 – 28,791
3 – 2880
4 – 438
5 – 85
6 – 18
7 – 3
8 – 4
Brake – the road safety charity – is demanding harsher punishments for repeated drink driving offenders.
“It is truly appalling there are so many repeat offenders. We urge the Government, the police, and the courts to get tougher,” said a spokesman for the charity.
While many drivers only have to fill out a form to request the return of their license following a ban, high-risk offenders – such as those found to be at least 2.5 times the legal drink drive limit – must also pass a medical assessment.
The AA, among other critics, suggests that all drink drivers should have to prove that they are not addicted to alcohol before being reissued with their licence.
The Department for Transport, however, insisted that those found guilty of drink driving already face “tough” penalties.
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