Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Drink-Drivers Face Huge Insurance Bills

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Drink-Drivers Face Huge Insurance Bills

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Byline: DAVID WILLIAMS

DRIVERS caught drink-driving over Christmas face crippling car insurance bills when they finally get their licences back, experts warn today.

In addition to a hefty fine and a long ban, new research reveals that convicted drink-drivers' premiums will soar by around 100 per cent - if they are lucky enough to find an insurer who will cover them.

According to the AA, which carried out a survey in London and the South-East, comparisons before and after a drink-drive conviction reveal the "huge financial consequences" of drink-driving.

A 35-year-old man living in Clapton would normally pay [pound]580 to insure his 1998 Vauxhall Vectra.

But after a year's drink-driving ban his premium would more than double to [pound]1,180.

In Lambeth the same man driving the same car would pay [pound]580 before his ban and [pound]1,108 after, said the AA. In Kensington, the premium would be [pound]575 before a ban and [pound]988 after, a rise of 71 per cent. …

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