Spa town tops drink-driving list of shame

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A SPA town has been found to have the highest concentration of drink-drivers in the UK.

Price comparison website moneysupermarket.com found nearly one in 100 people who applied for car insurance in Harrogate had been prosecuted, while Cleveland was ranked tenth on the list.

The findings come after it analysed 14 million quotes from the past year.

The high incidence of drink-driving in the town near the Yorkshire Dales could be down to people in rural areas using their cars more, it said.

A North Yorkshire Police spokesman said drink-driving was not acceptable under any circumstances. "We focus all year round on catching people who think it is okay to get behind the wheel while under the influence of alcohol," he said.

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