Car insurance: Scottish women 'drink driving more often'

Wednesday, 16 August 2006

There has been a 65 per cent rise in the number of Scottish women drink driving, new reports reveal.

New figures show that the number of women convicted of drink-driving in Scotland rose from 674 in 1999-2000 to 1,112 in 2004-2005 and there are concerns the "ladette" culture could be to blame, reports the Scotsman.

It is hoped that the introduction of high profile anti-drink driving campaigns could help to reduce the number of female drink drivers as well as lowering the number of accidents.

Christine Grahame MSP, SNP spokeswoman for social justice, said: "These statistics are a wake-up call to ministers to focus more effort on educating women drivers to the dangers of drink-driving and speeding."

An executive spokesman added: "The Scottish Executive is committed to tackling the problem with an integrated programme to tackle the causes and consequences of alcohol misuse."

Anyone caught drink driving could face a possible ban or points on their licence, which could mean increased car insurance premiums in the long-term.

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