It has been reported how more pensioners are being caught drink driving because they still think they are safe to get behind the wheel after a few drinks.
The Daily Telegraph has revealed figures from the Ministry of Justice, following a Freedom of Information request, showing how the numbers of under 19-year-olds being caught drink driving has lowered whilst elderly drivers being caught behind the wheel after a few drink is on the rise.
The data showed how 2010, 6,744 under 19s were caught drink driving, whereas, in 2015, that figure dropped to 1,436.
Conversely, in 2010, 1,295 elderly drivers were caught drink-driving, and by 2015 that figure had increased to 1,435.
The figures also showed how the overall number of drink driving convictions had dropped from 84,540 in 2010 to 45,970 in 2015.
Comments from the AA have indicated that it may be the increasing price of alcohol which has been a factor in young people not drinking and driving. In short, they just can’t afford to.
A spokesman from the AA stated: “For the younger drivers, the cost of alcohol in pubs and nightspots will have put downward pressure on drink-drive statistics in their age group.
“However, there is a need for targeted policing of places with late night drinking.
“Although the majority will heed the warnings, it is the minority who flout the law and still pose a high risk.
“They are called the hardcore – a cross-over group that includes elderly drink drivers and others from all age groups.
“Hardcore older drink drivers will have developed bad habits over years, probably got away with it in the past and believe they can still drive safely when half-cut.”
He added: “What is surprising is that, with more of the enforcement done the morning after to catch the home boozers, the number of elderly drivers caught has gone up.
“With less likelihood of retirees needing to get up early to go to work, the chances of getting caught at that time of day must be lower.”
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