Don't Be Too Merry This Christmas Warns Swinton

Swinton Insurance is warning motorists not to become complacent about drink driving over the festive period after Paul Gascoigne avoided a jail term last week for the same offence.

The UK’s largest high street retailer of car insurance issued the warning as the ex England footballer narrowly escaped a jail term for driving a car while four times over the legal limit. Gascoigne was caught driving his MG erratically and was found to have 142mg of alcohol in 100ml of breath, the legal limit is 35mg.

Swinton is urging motorists to be vigilant this festive season and under no circumstances get behind the wheel if they have consumed alcohol.

If a motorist is caught drink driving they will have conviction code DR10 on their licence and could get up 11 points. A hefty fine is sure to be imposed and the motorist can expect a large increase on future car insurance quotes.

Steve Chelton, Insurance Development Manager at Swinton said, “Paul Gascoigne was very lucky to avoid a jail term and motorists shouldn’t become complacent and think they would be so lucky too. Drink driving is a very serious crime that endangers the life of the driver, other road users and pedestrians. It also carries the real possibility of a jail term, a hefty fine, points on your licence and a massive increase in future car insurance premiums. If you fancy a drink over the festive period then please leave the car at home.”

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

Contacts: SKV Communications Jonathan Brook, Caroline Eardley or Mairead Rodden 0161 838 7770

SOURCE: Swinton