More than 8,000 motorists have been caught driving while over the alcohol limit twice in the five year period 2011-2015, according to information obtained by the Press Association.
Reported by the BBC on 30 December, the data comes from a Freedom of Information (FoI) request to the DVLA. It also shows that 449 drivers were caught three times for the offence, 46 drivers four times, five drivers five times while two drivers were caught a total of six times. In total, 219,008 people were caught drink-driving once in the same five-year period.
The DVLA data shows the number of drink-drive convictions has fallen in recent years, from 53,885 in 2011 to 42,587 in 2015.
Despite this, the AA described the numbers as ‘astonishing’ and called for a review of the process of returning licences to banned drivers.
Edmund King OBE, president of the AA, told the BBC: "The fact that more than 8,000 drivers have been caught twice in five years is all the more astonishing when they should have been off the road for a year or more.
"Perhaps it is time to review some of the medical checks and rehabilitation courses before allowing these drivers back on the road."
A convicted drink-driver not deemed to be a ‘high risk’ offender can apply to get their licence back once their ban has ended, but they have to fill out a health-related questionnaire.
The DVLA told the BBC that it has to issue a licence when a driver had served their disqualification period, but would investigate and take ‘appropriate action’ if there was any indication of ‘an ongoing issue with alcohol’.