Swansea one of worst hotspots for drink-driving offences
SWANSEA is one of the places with the worst record for drink-driving, according to an analysis of car insurance applications.
Price comparison website moneysupermarket.com studied more than 14 million quotes from the past year, to produce a list of drink-drive problem areas.
Swansea was eighth, with Cardiff in third place, on a list topped by the Yorkshire town of Harrogate.
The list comes after South Wales Police — who cover Cardiff and Swansea — recorded the highest percentage of motorists who tested positive for drink or drugs, at four per cent, during the summer campaign.
The force has already embarked on its annual holiday season anti-drink-drive campaign, it a bid to tackle the high number of people getting behind the wheel after having consumed alcohol.
South Wales Police assistant chief constable Richard Lewis said: "Our message to drivers is that the smallest amount of alcohol affects your ability to drive safely, so the only safe option is to not drink at all.
"It is also important to remember that a drink you enjoy in the evening can leave you over the limit when driving your car the next morning, as alcohol stays in the system for many hours after you stop.
"We urge the public to contact the police if they are aware of anyone drinking and driving. That phone call could save a life this Christmas."
Police tested 27,744 motorists in Wales as part of last year's campaign, with 545 (two per cent) testing positive or failing or refusing to take a breath test.
Despite the findings, the number of people caught drink-driving during a summer crackdown across Wales this year fell compared to the previous year.
A total of 360 people tested positive for alcohol or drugs — 1.9 per cent of 19,277 tested in June. It was down from the 2.5 per cent who tested positive during the 2011 campaign, which police had described as "alarming".
Peter Roger, head of driving standards at the Institute of Advanced Motorists, said: "It's interesting who comes out top. Nearly all the top jobs are scaffolders, roofers — they're these kind of activities. This is probably because these are the kind of people who drive a lot for their job because they are in a different place every day."