Lancaster and Preston named on drink drive list of shame

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Two Lancashire cities have been named and shamed on a list of top 20 places with the highest proportion of drink and drug drivers, it emerged today.

Lancaster came 11th and Preston came 16th in an analysis of 11 million car insurance quotes from the last 12 months, to determine which postcode areas had the highest and lowest proportion of motorists with drink or drug-drive offences.

The figures, from insurer MoneySuperMarket, revealed around 1.6 of every 1,000 drivers sampled in Lancaster declared a conviction of this nature, while in Preston the figure was around 1.5.

The second worst area nationally was Blackpool with 1.85 offences recorded per 1,000 drivers who got quotes.

Other than London and Greater London areas, the postcode districts with the lowest proportion of offenders included Bradford, Liverpool, Huddersfield and Manchester.

Kevin Pratt, car insurance expert at MoneySuperMarket, said: “All right-minded people understand that drink or drug-driving is wrong - and wrong on so many levels.

“So why do people still get behind the wheel with a drink inside them? In a rural location it could be the lack of public transport and the misguided belief they won’t get caught.

“Or maybe motorists are driving the morning after the night before, when they still have excess alcohol in their system.

“Whatever the circumstances, the fact remains that driving while over the limit is always illegal - there is simply no excuse.”

Lancashire Police declined to comment on the figures.