December 18, 2011 19:00 ET

Swinton Warns Drivers to Think Before Having a Drink This Christmas

MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Dec. 18, 2011) - Swinton, the UK's leading car insurance broker is warning drivers to avoid the temptation of having a festive drink this Christmas.

According to drinkdrivingfacts.com, on average up to 3,000 people are killed or seriously injured on the roads as a result of drink driving. Swinton wants to make drivers aware of the risks and implications of drink driving. If caught drink driving, the penalties are severe and it is possible to lose your licence for a minimum of a year, pay a fine of up to £5,000 or even face a prison sentence of up to six months.

There were 83,975 drink driving convictions in England and Wales last year. Swinton wants to remind drivers that it is important to remember that if caught drink driving it will affect motor insurance premiums for a prolonged period of time.

15% of those convicted of drink driving will lose their jobs, according to Thames Valley Police, that's why in the UK's current economic climate, it's so important for drivers to think before they put themselves behind the wheel this Christmas.

Steve Chelton, Claims Manager at Swinton stated that, "Drink driving is a huge problem in the UK, especially during the festive period and we want to warn people of the implications it could have upon not just drivers but also their friends and families. If a licence is removed for a drink driving related offence, not only could you lose your job but it also becomes difficult for people to carry out their day-to-day routine in a similar manner as before. If you believe you may be over the limit, do not take the risk, call a taxi or find another means of transport. It is paramount that drivers do not take for granted the importance of safe driving, particularly at this time of year."

For more information please contact Mairead Rodden or Lucy Gordon at SKV Communications at 0161 838 7770 or email firstname.surname@skvcommunications.co.uk.

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  • 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
  • With a dedicated team of advisors on hand at every branch to search a panel of insurers to offer quality cover at competitive rates.

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