Drink-Driving Soars in the United Kingdom

…Road Safety Charity Urges Police to Reverse Trend

Indications are that incidence of road crashes and deaths might have been on an upward swing in the United Kingdom in the past 24 months, no thanks to drunk drivers.

As announced by the country’s  Department of Transport on Thursday, provisional estimates for 2016 show that between 200 and 280 people were killed in accidents in Great Britain where at least one driver was over the drink-drive limit, with a central estimate of 240 deaths, a result the department described as a statistically significant rise.

The figures released by the DfT, says an estimated 9,050 people were killed or injured in 2016 in a crash involving a drunk driver, also a statistically significant rise from 8,470 in 2015, and is the highest number since 2012.

The total number of collisions and accidents where at least one driver was over the alcohol limit rose by six per cent to 6,080 in 2016.

Reacting to the report in a statement on Thurday, Road safety charity IAM RoadSmart urged police and Government to act now to reverse a serious upswing.

Neil Greig, IAM RoadSmart director of policy and research, said: “Today’s figures are hugely disappointing. We need more targeted policing and a lot more driver education regarding drinking and driving. Targeted policing in known areas would send a clear message to those still prepared to have a drink and drive.

“We suggest a two-pronged attack: firstly, continued education and a lower limit for the law abiding majority who might stray or who don’t yet understand the risk, and secondly, getting the police to be more up front about what targeted enforcement actually means as they seek to catch those selfish enough to ignore the current limit.”

IAM RoadSmart also reiterated its call for compulsory drink-drive re-education courses for all who are caught driving over the limit.


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