Title: Reported road casualties in Great Britain: final estimates involving illegal alcohol levels: 2017

Organisation: Department for Transport
Date uploaded: 3rd September 2019
Date published/launched: August 2019

Final estimates show there were 250 drink-drive related deaths in Great Britain during 2017, a year-on-year rise of 9%.

The figures, published on 28 Aug, show that between 230 and 270 people were killed in collisions where at least one driver was over the drink-drive limit – leading the DfT to produce a central estimate of 250 deaths.

The final estimate for 2017 is higher than in 2016 – when there were 230 drink-drive fatalities – although the DfT says the rise is not statistically significant.

It is also 25% higher than 2015 - when the central estimate was 200.

The figure is, however, lower than the DfT’s initial estimate, published in February, of 290 drink-drive related deaths in 2017.

While drink-drive deaths increased, the number of people killed or injured in drink-drive collisions fell by 6% – from 9,040 in 2016 to 8,600 in 2017.

The 2017 figure is similar to 2015 – when there were 8,470 drink-drive related deaths and injuries.

The total number of collisions where at least one driver or rider was over the alcohol limit also fell, down 6% to 5,700.

Around 14% of all road deaths in 2017 were drink drive related, up 1% from the previous year.

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