Morris Minor drivers are Britain’s worst for drink-driving
Criminals drive black saloons and aggressive SUVs, right? Wrong. According to new research, Britain’s worst drink-drivers use the Morris Minor
A study from more than six million car insurance quotes over the last 12 months, covering 139 car marques, has found that criminals aren’t driving Range Rovers any more. Rather, the MoneySupermarket analysis claims Britain’s worst offenders for driving while under the influence of drink or drugs are owners of the humble Morris Minor.
According to the report, four out of every 1000 Minor custodians claimed a drink or drug driving conviction over the past year. With an estimated 19,000 examples still on British roads, it means that on average 760 Morris Minor owners have taken the risk of driving while intoxicated or under the influence of drugs.
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Flashier models, including Porsches, Ferraris and Lamborghinis, featured much further down the list. Yet, those driving Daimlers, DeLoreans, Hillman Imps and Lotus sportscars claimed not to have any convictions at all.
Amazingly, despite a reputation as the pimpest drug dealer’s car of them all, the yanktank Hummer isn’t owned by a single person who breaks the highway code.
One Morris Minor driver, 47-year old Chris Edmonds, told The Times online: ‘I had no idea I was part of a band of such lawless drivers’.
Manufactured from 1948 until 1971 in Cowley, Oxford and designed by automotive genius Sir Alec Issigonis – the man responsible for Britain’s iconic Mini, the Minor is far from fast, nimble or inconspicuous.
Epitomising the very essence of vehicular ‘Englishness’, it comes as some surprise to find owners of the Morris Minor topping the drink driving list. With wayward steering ensuring that any model from the Minor lineage wander from white line to line, perhaps conveying the appearance of drunk driving, we wonder if Morris owners are unfairly judged.
Yet, seeing as the Police and DVLA assisted in providing data for the survey, it would legitimately seem that Minor drivers are the most dangerous on UK roads. Having witnessed some spectacularly bad driving from hundreds of Audi drivers alone, we aren’t quite sure we believe MoneySupermarket’s findings…