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27 February 2012

13 per cent of Drink-Drivers Arrested Between 5am - 12pm - Police figures reveal dangers of morning-after motoring

More than one in 10 motorists (13 per cent) who were arrested for drink-driving last year were caught between 5am and 12 noon, according to new statistics released today.

The startling figure was revealed after a Freedom of Information request by Autoglass to Britain's 43 police forces. There were a total of 39,259 arrests in 2011 in the 26 constabularies that responded to the enquiry, with 5,049 of those taking place in the seven hours up to midday.

The largest number of motorists arrested for drink-driving came in the Metropolitan Police area with 10,411 and of those, 1,191 were caught between 5am-12 midday “ 11.4%. The force with the lowest number was the City of London on 155 with 22 “ 14% - falling foul of the law in that time period.

The largest percentage of motorists arrested between 5am-12 came in the West Mercia covering Shropshire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire, with 1,031 cases out of 1,886 “ 55%. The lowest number of drivers seized between 5am-12 noon was in Cambridgeshire where 20 out of 240 “ or 8.3% were arrested.

Matthew Mycock, managing director of Autoglass, said: The figures show that potentially hundreds of thousands of motorists are risking their own and other people's lives by driving their car in the morning while still over the limit.

They may have had a bottle of wine at home the night before but still be unfit to get behind the wheel. For example, you shouldn't drive for 13 hours if you have had three 250ml glasses of 15 per cent-strength wine or four pints of strong lager.

Motorists must begin educating themselves on the relative strengths and effects of what they drink and people should only drive their vehicles in the morning if they are absolutely sure they are safe.

The figures obtained by Autoglass, also show that out of the 1,208 arrested for drink-driving between December 24 and January 1 in the 26 constabulary areas, 187 were stopped between 5am-12 noon, just over 15%.

This research comes after Panorama aired a programme on February 20, 2012, revealing the extent of middle class drinking.

For more information on the specific numbers of morning-after drink-drive arrests for 2011, please contact samantha.day@Autoglass.co.uk

 

 

About Autoglass

Autoglass is the UK's leading vehicle glass repair and replacement service, with 101 branches nationwide and 1,400 mobile service units.  For details of your nearest centre call 0800 36 3636or visit www.Autoglass.co.uk

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