Female Drink Drivers Double, survey finds

The number of women convicted of drink-driving has nearly doubled in the last few years, a survey has revealed.

Women totalled 9% of drink-drive convictions in 1998, but that figure had increased to 17% by 2012, the figures showed.

The survey, by car insurer Direct Line and transport organisation the Rees Jeffreys Road Fund, revealed 17% of female motorists thought they had driven while over the legal alcohol limit in the last year. Nearly two thirds (60%) said they were unaware of the legal limit. More than half of those who admitted to drink-driving (59%) said they did so because they felt “ok” to drive.

Road safety minister Robert Goodwill said: “Drink-driving wrecks lives, and the personal consequences of a drink-drive conviction can be devastating. In 2013, 803 women failed a breathalyser test after an accident and that is 803 too many. That is why we are cracking down on the minority who drink and drive by introducing a new offence of causing serious injury by dangerous driving and closing loopholes in the law to make it easier for police to prosecute drink-drivers, as well as tackling the menace of those who drive under the influence of illegal drugs.”

Steve Maddock, managing director of claims at Direct Line Group, added: “Part of the problem is a lack of awareness and confusion as to what constitutes drink-driving and also the misguided belief that in some circumstances, driving while over the limit can be justified.”

Section 5(1) of the Road Traffic Act 1988 provides that if a person drives or attempts to drive a motor vehicle on a road or other public place after consuming so much alcohol that the proportion of it in his breath, blood or urine exceeds the prescribed limit he is guilty of an offence.

The legal drink-drive limit is presently 35mg of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. If you are over and above the prescribed limited you are liable to prosecution.

Should you find yourself before the court and facing prosecution for drink driving, at Kyles Legal Practice we can help.

For a free, no obligation and in confidence appointment with one of our Road Traffic law experts then please do not hesitate to contact in the first instance our North Shields office upon 0191 257 1051 and one of our advocates will be more than willing and able to discuss the circumstances of your case.