New figures released by the Government shows rise in casualties from 2012 to 2015
New Government figures released this week, have revealed that the number of drink driving casualties in the UK have grown to its highest level over a three year period.
According to estimates published by the DfT, in 2015, the number of people killed or seriously injured in crashes which involved a drink driver was 1,370 – up from 1,310 reported incidents in 2014 and the highest estimate since 2012.
Figures released also revealed that 200 people were killed in accidents in 2015 because at least one driver was over the legal alcohol limit – lower than the estimated 240 deaths which occurred the year before but still represents about 12% of all road fatalities in Britain.
It’s believed that the total number of accidents in which at least one of the drivers was over the legal limit jumped up by 2% in 2015 to 5,730.
The figures follow on from a recent report claiming that the number of full time traffic police officers has dropped by a third over the last 10 years, leading to questions regarding road safety.
For England and Wales, the drink-drive limit currently stands at 80 milligrammes of alcohol per 100ml of blood, however Scotland reduced their limit back in 2014 to 50mg of alcohol per 100ml, the same as most other European countries.
“Selfish drink-drivers destroy lives and inflict appalling suffering on families up and down the country,” said the director of campaigns for the safety charity Brake, Mr Jason Wakeford.
Mr Wakeford believes the drink-drive limit in England and Wales should be lowered to fall in line with Scotland and other European countries, as ours is the second highest in Europe. He also thinks reducing the number of road traffic police is a mistake and the opposite should be done, increasing the numbers to help crack down on selfish and dangerous drink-drivers.
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