Drink driving

Title: Reported road casualties in Great Britain: Estimates for accidents involving illegal alcohol levels: 2016 (provisional)

Organisation: Department for Transport
Date uploaded: 20th February 2018
Date published/launched: February 2018

Provisional estimates show there were 240 drink drive related deaths in Great Britain during 2016, a year-on-year rise of 20%.

The figures show that between 200 and 280 people were killed in collisions where at least one driver was over the drink-drive limit – with the DfT producing a central estimate of 240 deaths.

The DfT describes the provisional rise from 200 deaths in 2015 as ‘statistically significant’, although the estimate for 2016 is very similar to the figures between 2010 and 2014.

Around 13% of all road deaths in 2016 were drink drive related, unchanged from the previous year.

The number of people killed or seriously injured (KSI) in drink drive collisions rose by 9% to 1,500. The DfT says these figures should be interpreted with caution due to a large number of police forces changing their casualty reporting systems.

The total number of drink drive related casualties climbed to its highest level since 2012; the estimate of 9,050 equates to a rise of 7% from 2015 (8,470). The number of drink-drive related collisions also rose by 6% to 6,080 in 2016.

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