The number of people killed or injured in collisions involving illegal alcohol levels is on the rise, according to the latest figures from the Department for Transport.
Estimates released today (taken from 2016 data) show that 9040 people were killed or injured across the UK in incidents where at least one driver or rider was over the drink-drive limit. That’s an increase of 7% on 2015 figures, and the highest number since 2012.
The total number of drink-drive-related accidents rose by 6% to 6070, while it’s estimated that between 220 and 250 people were killed in such accidents.
That’s a significant rise over 2015, where 170 drink-drive deaths were reported. The figure represents around 13% of all deaths in road accidents in 2016.
Joshua Harris, director of campaigns at road safety charity Brake, renewed calls for a zero-tolerance approach to drink-driving from the Government.
“Today’s figures show that drink-driving is an increasing blight on British roads and yet the Government sits on its hands and refuses to address the issue. The current drink-driving limit gives a false impression that it is safe to drink and drive… research has shown even very small amounts of alcohol dramatically affect safe driving.”
“Brake is calling for the Government to implement an effective zero-tolerance drink-drive limit of 20mg per 100ml of blood, making clear to drivers that not a drop of alcohol is safe.”