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Revealed: UK's worst cities for drink and drug driving crashes

By Mathilda Bartholomew | January 15, 2024

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Wolverhampton emerges as the UK's leading city for drink and drug driving incidents, revealing a startling 9.4 percent of collisions, nearly double the national average

Revealed: UK's worst cities for drink and drug driving crashes

Data from the Department for Transport reveals the UK's worst cities for drink and drug driving crashes.

Wolverhampton has emerged as the leading city in the UK for incidents of drink and drug driving, accounting for nearly 10 percent of all collisions in the city. Data reveals that 9.4 percent of road accidents in this city of 260,000 people occurred when drivers were operating vehicles under the influence of alcohol or drugs. This statistic is almost double the national average, which indicates that approximately 5 percent of crashes result from individuals violating the law by driving with elevated levels of alcohol or drugs in their system.

Two other Midlands cities, Leicester and Coventry, also ranked among the top three hotspots for drink and drug driving, with 8.8 and 8.6 percent of collisions occurring under the influence, respectively.

Places with HIGHEST proportion of drink or drug driving crashes 

1 - Wolverhampton - 9.4%

2 - Leicester - 8.8%

3 - Coventry - 8.6%

4 - Plymouth - 8.5%

5 - Wrexham - 8.5%

6 - Swansea - 8.3%

7 - Peterborough - 8.2%

8 - Sunderland - 8%

9 - Wakefield - 7.5%

10 - Southend-on-Sea - 7.5%

In contrast, the City of London, Westminster, and Edinburgh reported the lowest proportion of crashes related to drink or drug driving, as highlighted by data analysed by rehab provider Abbeycare.

With approximately 130,000 road accidents occurring annually in the UK, it appears that around 6,500 are attributed to drivers operating vehicles while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Places with LOWEST proportion of drink or drug driving crashes 

1 - City of London - 2%

2 - Westminster - 2%

3 - Edinburgh - 2.5%

4 - Stirling - 3.7%

5 - Dundee - 3.9%

6 - Glasgow - 4.3%

7 - Bradford - 4.7%

8 - Liverpool - 5.1%

9 - Cardiff - 5.2%

10 - Leeds - 5.3%

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