Female Drink-Drivers Double, Survey Finds
The number of women convicted of drink-driving has nearly doubled in the last few years, a survey has revealed.
Women totalled 9% of drink-drive convictions in 1998, but that figure had increased to 17% by 2012, the figures showed.
The survey, by car insurer Direct Line and transport organisation the Rees Jeffreys Road Fund, revealed 17% of female motorists thought they had driven while over the legal alcohol limit in the last year.
Nearly two thirds (60%) said they were unaware of the legal limit.
More than half of those who admitted to drink-driving (59%) said they did so because they felt "ok" to drive.
Road safety minister Robert Goodwill said: "Drink-driving wrecks lives, and the personal consequences of a drink-drive conviction can be devastating