DfT figures show drink-driving was responsible for around 230 deaths in just one year
According to the latest figures released by the Department for Transport (DfT), drink-driving was responsible for 230 deaths in just one year.
Their new figures have revealed that deaths related to drink-driving on UK roads increased in 2016 by 18% compared to the previous year.
Final 2016 figures have shown that somewhere between 220 and 250 people were killed in crashes in the UK in which at least one of the drivers or riders involved in the accident was over the drink-driving limit.
Their figures have estimated that as many as 230 road users were killed as a result of drink related incidents during that year, jumping from 170 the previous year (2015).
These newly released figures from the DfT represent 2016’s final numbers. Overall, the “central” estimate of drink-drive casualties covering all severity was for the year recorded at 9,040 which represents a 7% rise.
These 9,040 casualties came about from an estimated 6,070 accidents – an increase of 6% compared to the previous year.
What these figures mean is that around 4% of all drink-drive accidents that occurred two years ago in the UK resulted in fatalities.
Jack Cousens, head of roads policy for the AA, said earlier in the year that “hard-core drink-drivers” were somewhat to blame but also suggested that more detail was needed in the way figures are recorded.
“The statistics need to show the breakdown of accidents by time of day to assess the proportion of drivers getting drunk at the pub versus those drinking at home who become a particular menace the morning after,” said Mr Cousens, adding that more traffic police officers were needed to be able to target “people in places where there is most likely to be a problem.”
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