March 21, 2011 20:42 ET

Swinton Bikes Issues Warning After BBC Newsreader Gets a Bike Ban

MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - March 21, 2011) - Swinton Bikes is issuing a warning to riders about drink-driving following former BBC newsreader Ashley Blake's ban for being over the limit whilst riding his motorbike. The 41 year old motorcycle enthusiast has been banned from the roads for a year, and charged with court fees, after being caught riding his BMW motorbike the morning after a night out.

Swinton Bikes, one of the UK's leading high street retailers of motorbike insurance, is reminding riders that alcohol can still be in your system even if they don't feel the side effects.

Swinton Bikes carried out an online survey of 1,200 customers and found that 27% suspected they may have been unfit to ride the morning after a night out.

Anthony Aronin, Head of Swinton Bikes said "Like Ashley, many people don't feel the side effects of alcohol in the body the following day, but you may still be unfit to drive and over the legal limit, this can result in up to 3 months' imprisonment plus a fine of up to £2,500 and a driving ban."

He added "As well as the punishment dealt by the legal system following a driving ban, Ashley Blake should be aware of the extra costs of bike insurance as a result of this offence."

About Swinton
  • With 603 branches nationwide Swinton is the UK's largest high street insurance retailer
  • Unlike many other companies in the financial services industry, Swinton is committed to keeping its branches open for business, and part of the community
  • Swinton provides a one-stop-shop for the insurance and related needs of its clients, offering home, car, caravan, business, holiday, motorbike and even classic car insurance

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