Provisional figures show the number of deaths in drink-drive accidents on Britain’s roads soared by 26% in 2012.
The Department for Transport (DfT) stated that a total of 290 people were killed last year, compared with 230 in 2011. The figures also show 6,680 accidents in 2012 were linked to alcohol consumption.
Since records began in 1979, when there were 1,640 drink-drive deaths, the number has shown a general trend of declining. The 2011 total was the lowest recorded.
In 1989, there were 810 deaths and in 1999, there were 460.
The DfT pointed out that despite the apparent sharp rise in 2012, the number was still about 25% lower than in 2009 (380 deaths) and almost 40% lower than the 2005 to 2009 average.
Last year, 1,210 people involved in drink-drive accidents suffered serious injuries and 8,500 people were slightly injured. Among those killed in drink-drive accidents, most (68%) were drivers and riders over the legal alcohol limit. The rest were other road users involved in the accident, but not necessarily over the legal limit themselves.
The DfT extrapolated these figures from a sample of coroners’ reports; these figures are provisional and the official figures expected to be available next year could be show and increase or decrease when published.
The department also published provisional figures for all types of accidents in the first three months of 2013:
• 340 people were killed in reported road accidents – 18% down on the same period in 2012
• Serious injuries saw a 19% drop, and slight injuries fell by 14%
• Motorcyclist, cyclist and pedestrian deaths and serious injuries fell sharply
The source of the above information was the BBC website 1 August 2013.