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1,480 drink-drivers still on road

Hundreds of convicted drink-drivers still have a licence to drive.

Of 55,539 people convicted of drink-driving last year, 1,480 were not disqualified from driving, a freedom of information request from insurance company LV showed.

The statistics also showed that 2.6% of drink-drivers re-offend within one year.

The City of London and Suffolk are the most "lenient" districts, with 4.7% of drink-drivers escaping disqualification.

In contrast, only 1.3% of offenders in Cumbria and Warwickshire fail to be disqualified.

LV published results of a survey of 2,033 adults which showed that 65% know someone who drives after consuming alcohol.

And 24% knew people who drive even after having enough to put them over the legal alcohol limit.

This average national figure of 24% compares with one as high as 36% for those in the West Midlands, but only 22% of people in the North West know of drivers who take to the wheel over the limit.

LV car insurance managing director Selwyn Fernandes said: ""Driving while under the influence of alcohol is a serious offence and leads to automatic disqualification in the majority of cases.

"Few people realise how little it takes to compromise their driving ability and underestimate how much alcohol affects them. As we approach the Christmas party season, it is imperative that drivers know their legal limit and stick to it."

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