Boy, 14, Pulled Over For Drink Driving

31/08/2012 12:24 | Updated 22 May 2015
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New figures reveal that, in the last two years, West Midlands Police have pulled over 11 underage drivers suspected of drink-driving - including one boy who was just 14.

The Daily Mail reports that the figures, which were released under the Freedom of Information Act, reveal that the boy was stopped by West Midlands Police in 2010.

This gives him the dubious honour of being one of Britain's youngest ever drink drivers. Eight 16-year-olds and two 15-year-olds were also stopped by the same police force in the two-year period.

Despite numerous campaigns warning about the dangers of drink-driving, it appears that the message still isn't getting through.

West Midlands Police charged 3,094 people with drink-driving last year - a rise of 409 on the 2010 figure. In addition, there has been a 19 per cent jump in the number of motorists failing breath tests during a month-long summer crackdown.

But road safety campaigners are especially worried about the rise in underage drink drivers - who are not old enough to legally drink or drive.

Alice Granville, of the Institute of Advanced Motorists, told the Daily Mail: "It's deeply concerning that there have been a number of recent drink-drive incidents involving minors in the West Midlands.

"Underage offenders need to be educated on the effects of drink-driving and the dangers of being reckless behind the wheel."

Britain's youngest ever drink driver was just 12 years old when she was caught behind the wheel of a Vauxhall Corsa on Christmas day 2005.


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