Drink drive casualties up, says IAM

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The number of fatal accidents involving drink drivers last year rose by 18 per cent, from 220 in 2010 to 260 in 2011* according to figures published by the Department for Transport.

"Any rise in drink drive casualties is worrying, with 15 per cent of all road fatalities involving a drink driver there is clearly more to be done to reduce casualties.”

The number of fatal accidents involving drink drivers last year rose by 18 per cent, from 220 in 2010 to 260 in 2011* according to figures published by the Department for Transport.

In the same period, the number of people killed in drink drive accidents increased by 12 per cent, from 250 to 280. This means that 15 per cent of all fatalities in road accidents involved drink driving*.

Other findings include:

  • The total number of drink drive accidents increased by 1.5 per cent, from 6,630 to 6,730.
  • The total number of casualties involving drink driving rose by 3 per cent, from 9,700 in 2010 to 9,990 in 2011.

The rise in drink drive casualties follows a drop in 2010, when drink drive fatalities were at their lowest in thirty years.

IAM chief executive Simon Best said: "Any rise in drink drive casualties is worrying, with 15 per cent of all road fatalities involving a drink driver there is clearly more to be done to reduce casualties.”

“The problem is many crashes occur the morning after – there needs to be more education on the effects of driving after drinking. A heavy night drinking could leave you over the limit the morning after. The message to all drivers is don’t drink and drive.”

ENDS

Notes to editors:        
1. *Calculated from ‘Reported road casualties in Great Britain: 2011 provisional estimates for accidents involving illegal alcohol levels’ table RAS51001, published 16 August 2012.
2. * *Calculated from Department for Transport statistical release ‘Reported road casualties Great Britain: main results 2011’ table RAS30001 and ‘Reported road casualties in Great Britain: 2011 provisional estimates for accidents involving illegal alcohol levels’ table RAS51001.
3. The estimated total number of people killed on Britain’s roads last year was 1,901 with 280 fatalities involving a drink driver.
4. http://www.dft.gov.uk/statistics/releases/road-accidents-and-safety-drink-drive-estimates-2011/
5. http://www.dft.gov.uk/statistics/releases/reported-road-casualties-gb-main-results-2011/
6. The IAM is the UK’s largest independent road safety charity, dedicated to improving standards and safety in driving, motorcycling and cycling. The commercial division of the IAM operates through its occupational driver training company IAM Drive & Survive. The IAM has more than 200 local volunteer groups and over 100,000 members in the UK and Ireland. It is best known for the advanced driving test and the advanced driving, motorcycling and cycling courses. Its policy and research division offers advice and expertise on road safety.

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IAM Press Office – 020 8996 9777
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Tanvir Nandra
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