Drink driving by women on rise

In Britain the number of women caught drink driving has risen sharply in recent years, Liberal Democrat research has found. The research shows:

  • A 58% increase in women of all ages found guilty of drink driving since 1995,
  • compared with a slight fall amongst men;
  • There has been an increase of nearly 50% in women younger than 30 found guilty of drink or drug driving since 1995,
  • compared with just 4% for men in the same age group.

Commenting, Liberal Democrat Shadow Transport Secretary, Alistair Carmichael MP said:

"We warmly welcome moves to put Britain’s drink driving laws in line with other European countries. Instead of focusing drink driving campaigns only on men, these figures show women also need to be targeted."

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