Drink drive deaths at lowest level since records began

By Ellie Bothwell contact

- Last updated on GMT

Related tags: Injury, Accident, Government

Drink-drive accidents accounted for around 13% of total road deaths in 2012
Drink-drive accidents accounted for around 13% of total road deaths in 2012
Drink drive fatalities and injuries are at their lowest level since records began, latest figures from the Government have revealed.

Statistics show that an estimated 230 people were killed in drink-driving accidents in 2012, a 4% drop since the previous year, and an 86% fall since detailed records began in 1979.

Following a sharp drop in drink-drive deaths between 2009 and 2010 (a fall of around 40%), the number has consistently been between 230 and 240 since 2010.

A further 1,200 were seriously injured following a drink-drive incident in 2012, a 5.5% decrease since 2011, while 8,510 received slight injuries, representing a 1% increase.


In total there were 6,630 drink-drive accidents in 2012, leading to 9,930 casualties over the year – 5% of all reported road casualties.

Drink-drive accidents accounted for around 13% of total road deaths and 6% of killed or seriously injured casualties in 2012. Of the 920 drivers and riders killed in 2012, an estimated 18% were over the legal alcohol limit.

In addition, the number of alcohol-related road accidents has fallen faster than the total number of road accidents. In 1979 alcohol-related road accidents accounted for around a quarter of all road accidents, a figure which now stands at 13%. 

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Misleading Statistic

Posted by Baron,

But still a horrifying number. Safer built cars are mostly responsible for the drop in deaths.

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Confusing Stats

Posted by Robert Feal-Martinez,

It seems to me that Just 1.6% of casualties were drivers from the above stats. What these don't of course say whether the drink driver was actually responsible for the accident.

I certainly don't condone drink driving but things are not always black and white.

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Drink related accidents.

Posted by David Pott,

Totally unrelated to any of my customers there was an traffic incident in the early evening outside my pub.
While both drivers were at fault and no one was injured one had clearly been drinking. Apparently somebody called the police about the incident. They arrived at the scene after we had closed and cleared up so about 11.45pm. That's around 6 hours after the accident; too late to know who was drinking even if they bothered visited the drivers involved.

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