Officials have revealed the UK’s oldest drinking driver was a 100-year-old man and was one of five over-90s arrested by officers for driving over the limit. New data obtained from the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) by leading UK car rental company Select Car Leasing has lifted the lid on the drink-driving problem in the country.
And it showed how four times as many men as women have had their records approved for drink-driving offenses than women over the past five years. Graham Conway, Managing Director of Select Car Leasing, said: “Driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs is never okay, no matter what your age.
“It’s no secret that our ability to drive is often affected as we age – our sight may not be what it used to be and our reactions become slower. Drivers have a responsibility to maintain full control while on the road and failing to do so can have serious consequences.
Select Car Leasing has obtained figures from the DVLA outlining the extent of the drink-driving problem in Britain over the past five years. During this period, 152,956 men had their records confirmed either for having driven or attempted to drive with a blood alcohol level above the legal limit, or for having driven or attempted to drive while not able to drink, compared to 38,157 women.
The legal blood alcohol limit for driving in England, Wales and Northern Ireland is 80 milligrams of alcohol per 100 milliliters of blood. In Scotland the limit is 50mg/100ml. A 100-year-old man took the disgrace of Britain’s oldest drink driver, followed by a 95-year-old woman.
There were 492 people between the ages of 80 and 89, 3,432 between the ages of 70 and 79, and 11,012 between the ages of 60 and 69. The youngest person in Britain with an approved criminal record for either offense was a 15-year-old boy, although he is not old enough to hold a licence.
Department for Transport (DfT) figures released earlier this year showed 220 people were killed by drunk drivers in 2020. The statistics mark an 11-year high, accounting for more than 15% of deaths on roads – compared to 13.1 percent. hundred the previous year.
A total of 6,480 people were killed or injured in drink-driving crashes in 2020, the most recent year for which figures are available. Mr Conway of Select Car Leasing said: ‘Many experts have linked this to an increase in alcohol consumption during the Covid pandemic as people found themselves unable to mingle with friends and family.
“Whatever the reason, we sincerely hope that this worrying trend reverses dramatically over the next few years.”
There is no maximum age to hold a driving license in the UK, but it must be renewed every three years after reaching the age of 70.