The number of elderly drivers caught drink-driving has risen by 20% in the past two years with elderly drivers now accounting for a fifth of over-the-limit offenders. More than 230 over-75s were caught driving over the legal limit last year, including a 93-year-old stopped in Devon.
It has been argued that drink-driving does not hold the same stigma with the over 75s as it does with younger drivers since the majority of elderly drivers will have first learnt to drive in the 1950s whilst the legal alcohol limit was introduced in the UK in 1967.
Though there has been a downward trend in the number of collisions caused by drink-driving, this increase in drink-driving amongst the elderly is concerning and needs to be tackled.
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