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Adam Jolley

Spike in drink-drive arrests during summer months


Sun, sand, sea and Sex on the Beach form a lethal cocktail over the holiday season as more people are caught driving over the limit.

Shot glasses and car keys

The festive period around Christmas and new year is often thought of as the main season for boozing and jollity. 

However, new figures show that more people are actually caught drink-driving during the summer than winter, as many folks hit beer gardens, weddings, festivals and sporting events up and down the country.  

9,000 drink-drivers caught in summer

Throughout June, July and August last year, 9,305 drivers were found to be driving under the influence of alcohol. 

By comparison, 7,942 drivers were caught drink-driving in the winter months of December 2014 to February 2015.

The surprise figures come from a Freedom of Information request carried out by, who obtained drink-driving data from police forces across the UK.

Looking back over the past few years, 9,881 people were caught drink-drinking during the summer of 2014, and 10,502 during 2013’s holiday season.

One in 10 gets drunk quicker in the sun

Meanwhile, separate research shows that, of the motorists who have admitted to drink-driving throughout the year, nearly a third – or 31% - did so during the summer months.

The poll of 2,000 drivers shows that half of people say they are more inclined to have an alcoholic drink when the sun’s out. 

And, more worryingly, nearly one in 10 people say they get drunk quicker when they consume alcohol in the sunshine. 

This could well explain why the rate of drink-driving arrests soar when the sun is out. 

Friends drinking in park on sunny day

Drivers call for a total alcohol ban

Nearly one in 10 people who have been a passenger in a car driven by someone under the influence of alcohol have ended up being involved in a car accident, the research shows.

Due to the dangers, more than a fifth - 22% - of people think there should be a ban on consuming any alcohol at all while driving. 

Meanwhile, nearly half of drivers claim that they would not drive after consuming just one alcoholic drink. 

However, this is not a feeling shared by all, as more than two-fifths of people admit that they would drive after one drink if they felt ok. 

And almost one in 20 claim they would still drive even after a few drinks if there was no other way of getting home.

‘Insurance companies could refuse the right to pay out’

As well as the obvious dangers to life and limb, is warning drivers that a drink-driving conviction may have serious implications for their car insurance.

Amanda Stretton, motoring editor at, says: “Motorists who do decide to get behind the wheel after consuming alcohol need to be aware of all the repercussions. 

“Drivers who are caught committing this offence are very likely to have their licences revoked and, in the future, this could also affect the price of their insurance.

“Plus, if drivers are involved in an accident due to drink-driving, insurance companies could refuse the right to pay out as the driver could have invalidated their insurance policy.”


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