Bolton's relatively low drink and drug driving rate

The Bolton News: Bolton's relatively low drink and drug driving rate Bolton's relatively low drink and drug driving rate

DRIVERS in Bolton are less likely to drive under the influence of drink and drugs than other areas, according to new figures.

Residents in Bolton came 103rd on a list of 117 postcode areas analysed for motorists with drink or drug driving-related convictions on their licence.

Hotspots for the crime tend to be in more rural areas rather than those living in urban hubs.

Bolton was found to have 0.86 driving convictions annually per 1,000 insurance quotes whereas motorists in north Scotland and mid Wales are the most likely to have a conviction and at a rate of more than 1.4 convictions per 1,000 quotes.

The figures were released by insurance comparison website MoneySuperMarket.

Bolton has a worse rate than Oldham but comes before Blackburn, which has a rate of 0.89 convictions per 1,000 quotes.

Aberdeen, Inverness Dundee and Kirkcaldy all feature in the top 10 list. Cities such as Manchester, London and Liverpool feature in the bottom 10.

Hugh German, from Bolton and District Advanced Motorists, said: “I am glad to hear the numbers aren’t high. I hope it is because people are taking more responsibility rather than people getting away with it because of drastic cuts to the police force.

“Drinking or taking drugs before driving is a serious crime. People need to have a responsible attitude and remember the outcome crashes can have. They have a drastic impact.”

Kevin Pratt, car insurance expert at MoneySuperMarket, said: “The festive season is approaching fast, and many look forward to an extra tipple to get into the party spirit.

“But few people understand how long it takes for the effects of alcohol to wear off and how long it can take for their blood alcohol level to read below the legal drink drive limit.”

People aged between 20 and 24 had the highest conviction rate at 2.3 convictions per 1,000 quotes a year and men were twice as likely to have a conviction than women.

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11:46am Fri 6 Dec 13

Beyond News Forum says...

Statistics in this case could be flawed because the police are just not catching people in the act. These types of statistics are very deceptive.

And can I ask how much it costs for two cops to stand with tickets inspectors on the train station or to get on a bus with conductors/inspector
s? I know this isn't at the cost of the public? Those police could be being used elsewhere where they are needed, instead of being used to catch one or two fare dodgers. It seems wasteful on non-cost effective.
Statistics in this case could be flawed because the police are just not catching people in the act. These types of statistics are very deceptive. And can I ask how much it costs for two cops to stand with tickets inspectors on the train station or to get on a bus with conductors/inspector s? I know this isn't at the cost of the public? Those police could be being used elsewhere where they are needed, instead of being used to catch one or two fare dodgers. It seems wasteful on non-cost effective. Beyond News Forum

11:47am Fri 6 Dec 13

Beyond News Forum says...

It seems wasteful and non-cost effective. (Edit button please BN) Proof reading isn't a forte of mine like some of your reporters :p
It seems wasteful and non-cost effective. (Edit button please BN) Proof reading isn't a forte of mine like some of your reporters :p Beyond News Forum

12:19pm Fri 6 Dec 13

The Righteous One says...

To be fair any sort of statistic is flawed because they are made to look good or bad depending upon who is paying for it and what argument one wants to try and win - hence I always want ALL the data so I can look at it myself and then come to a conclusion, rather than just using snippets like thy have here.
To be fair any sort of statistic is flawed because they are made to look good or bad depending upon who is paying for it and what argument one wants to try and win - hence I always want ALL the data so I can look at it myself and then come to a conclusion, rather than just using snippets like thy have here. The Righteous One

4:47pm Fri 6 Dec 13

Julian Thorpe says...

Beyond News Forum wrote:
It seems wasteful and non-cost effective. (Edit button please BN) Proof reading isn't a forte of mine like some of your reporters :p
Flattery will get you nowhere
[quote][p][bold]Beyond News Forum[/bold] wrote: It seems wasteful and non-cost effective. (Edit button please BN) Proof reading isn't a forte of mine like some of your reporters :p[/p][/quote]Flattery will get you nowhere Julian Thorpe

7:30pm Fri 6 Dec 13

atlas123 says...

Its not really surprising... I recently had dealing with the police, the officer had to dash of to emergencies 3 times whilst dealing with my issue.

In his words there was only 9 police officers on response duties in all of Bolton, and four of them were at the station with arrests.

I think he said there was 90 Traffic cops in Manchester split across 5 shifts, dealing. In his words the chance of getting caught drink driving are vanishingly small.
Its not really surprising... I recently had dealing with the police, the officer had to dash of to emergencies 3 times whilst dealing with my issue. In his words there was only 9 police officers on response duties in all of Bolton, and four of them were at the station with arrests. I think he said there was 90 Traffic cops in Manchester split across 5 shifts, dealing. In his words the chance of getting caught drink driving are vanishingly small. atlas123

4:16pm Sun 8 Dec 13

BWFC71 says...

Beyond News Forum wrote:
Statistics in this case could be flawed because the police are just not catching people in the act. These types of statistics are very deceptive.

And can I ask how much it costs for two cops to stand with tickets inspectors on the train station or to get on a bus with conductors/inspector

s? I know this isn't at the cost of the public? Those police could be being used elsewhere where they are needed, instead of being used to catch one or two fare dodgers. It seems wasteful on non-cost effective.
The police with train/bus conductors/inspector will, 99% certain, not be Greater Manchester Police but instead will be the British Transport Police which is a separate constabulary.
[quote][p][bold]Beyond News Forum[/bold] wrote: Statistics in this case could be flawed because the police are just not catching people in the act. These types of statistics are very deceptive. And can I ask how much it costs for two cops to stand with tickets inspectors on the train station or to get on a bus with conductors/inspector s? I know this isn't at the cost of the public? Those police could be being used elsewhere where they are needed, instead of being used to catch one or two fare dodgers. It seems wasteful on non-cost effective.[/p][/quote]The police with train/bus conductors/inspector will, 99% certain, not be Greater Manchester Police but instead will be the British Transport Police which is a separate constabulary. BWFC71

7:07pm Sun 8 Dec 13

BWFC71 says...

atlas123 wrote:
Its not really surprising... I recently had dealing with the police, the officer had to dash of to emergencies 3 times whilst dealing with my issue.

In his words there was only 9 police officers on response duties in all of Bolton, and four of them were at the station with arrests.

I think he said there was 90 Traffic cops in Manchester split across 5 shifts, dealing. In his words the chance of getting caught drink driving are vanishingly small.
Be grateful because the Lancashire Police have disbanded their Traffic Police Division to save costs - so it could be much worse!
[quote][p][bold]atlas123[/bold] wrote: Its not really surprising... I recently had dealing with the police, the officer had to dash of to emergencies 3 times whilst dealing with my issue. In his words there was only 9 police officers on response duties in all of Bolton, and four of them were at the station with arrests. I think he said there was 90 Traffic cops in Manchester split across 5 shifts, dealing. In his words the chance of getting caught drink driving are vanishingly small.[/p][/quote]Be grateful because the Lancashire Police have disbanded their Traffic Police Division to save costs - so it could be much worse! BWFC71

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