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A motorist has won the unenviable title of drunkest driver caught this year after police pulled them over to find they were12 times over the legal limit.
The Government’s Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) revealed in a new report today that one in every 60 motorists caught drink-driving are repeat offenders, while 40 percent more people are caught over the limit in December than in any other month.
And details emerged of the Bedfordshire driver in the report, which showed that they had a reading of 423mg of alcohol per 100ml of breath – 388mg over the 35mg limit.
Carole Whittingham, national secretary of the Campaign Against Drinking and Driving, called for tougher measures on repeat drink-drivers.
‘Those with multiple convictions should lose their right to drive forever. They are an accident waiting to happen,’ she said.
‘Driving is a privilege, not a right. If someone abuses that privilege, they should not be allowed to drive again.
‘You should feel the full force of the law if you are stopped and breathalysed. We need zero tolerance of drink-driving to remove any grey areas.’
The DVLA figures came as a response to a Freedom of Information request made by car insurer LV=, with the data showing that 6,630 accidents and 230 fatalities were caused by drink-drivers in 2012 – the last year for which figures are available.