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25% increase in deaths caused by drink driving

There has been a 25% increase from 2011 in the number of deaths occurring as a result of drink driving, according to new statistics released by the Government.

The provisional statistics show the number of road traffic accidents reported to the police in 2012 which involved drink driving.  They indicate that 290 people in the UK died in drink driving accidents in 2012, which accounts for around 17% of all deaths occurring in road traffic incidents reported to the police.

The number of seriously injured drink drive casualties fell slightly by an estimated 4% in 2012 to around 1,200, which accounts for approximately 5% of all seriously injured road casualties.

The Government has also now published final figures for 2011, which revealed that 230 people died as a result of 220 drink drive related road traffic accidents. This is the lowest recorded level since reporting began in 1979.

Of those killed in drink drive accidents in 2011, 68% were drivers or riders who were found to be over the legal alcohol limit. The remainder were other road users who were not necessarily over the legal limit themselves.

Since 1979 the number of people killed or seriously injured in drink drive incidents has reduced significantly to around one sixth of the figure recorded for that year, says the Government.

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