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25% increase in deaths caused by drink driving

New statistics released by the Government reveal a 25% increase from 2011 in the number of deaths occurring as a result of drink driving.

At the beginning of the month the Government published provisional statistics for 2012 concerning road traffic accidents reported to the police which involved drink driving.

These provisional figures 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.

There was a slight fall (of an estimated 4%) in seriously injured drink drive casualties in 2012 to around 1,200 which is around 5% of all seriously injured road casualties.

At the same time the Government 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. Furthermore, 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 this type of record keeping began in 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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