Car insurance: 'We need better enforcement of drink-drive laws'

Friday, 19 December 2008

If motorists thought they were likely to get caught drink-driving and lose access to cheap car insurance they might decide breaking the law was not worth the risk, it has been claimed.

According to the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM), the current regulations are "quite good", but they are not enforced effectively.

The group stated more traffic officers were needed to ensure they worked properly.

Director of policy and research Neil Greig said drink-driving has become less common over recent years, but now seems to be levelling out to a constant numbers of offenders.

He explained: "We seem to have reached the hardcore of people who are willing to risk it."

Mr Greig added the only way to stop these individuals was more effective law enforcement.

These comments were made after the Department for Transport announced proposals which could give police the power to hand out instant fines and penalty points to drink-drivers.

Motorists who receive points on their licence may find they are no longer able to secure cheap car insurance.

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