More over-50s are drink-driving

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DRINK-driving among elderly and middle-aged motorists is on the increase, according to a new report.

Research by insurance company Swiftcover.com shows there has been a national rise of 20 per cent in just two years.

In the Northumbria Police force area, 12 drivers aged over 75 and 471 over 50 were convicted from 2010 to 2012.

In the Durham Police force area, four drivers aged over 75 and 263 over 50 were convicted during the same period.

The survey found that south-west England had the most over-75 offenders.

The company’s figures followed data from 42 of the 52 UK police forces requested under the Freedom of Information Act.

They revealed that over-50s made up 15 per cent of drink-drive offenders, but that the proportion was as high as 54 per cent in Lancashire and as low as two per cent in London.

South England was the worst spot for older motorists drinking and driving, with the area having the most over-75 offenders.

By police force area, the greatest number of over 50s convicted of drink-driving offences was Strathclyde, with 1,469.