Statistics from the Department for Transport reveal that over 1300 people were killed or seriously injured as a result of drink-drive incidents in 2015. That’s accounts for 12% of road deaths and is the highest figure since 2012.
2015’s tally was 1,370, up from 1,310 in 2012, and is the first increase since 2011, and the estimated total number of incidents where at least one driver was under the influence is 5,370 – an increase of 2%.
Thes figures come a week after revelations that traffic police numbers have been cut by a third in the last 10 years. Calls have been made for England and Wales to follow Scotland’s example and make the laws tougher. The current limit is 80mg per 100ml blood, but as of 2014, Scotland lowered this limit to 50mg, in line with most other European countries.
Pete Williams, a road safety spokesman for the RAC, said: “We have seen a stubborn, plateauing of the drink-drive casualty figures since 2010 but this could show the start of a worrying trend in the opposite direction and is further evidence that we can’t afford to be complacent about drink-drive levels in the UK.
“We call on the Government to review the drink-drive limit in England and Wales and to draw on evidence from Scotland to review the merits of reducing the blood alcohol limit following their experience.”
Drink-driving the morning after the night before is also a great concern at the moment – many people think they’re fine to drive because they’ve slept.
Policy Spokesman for the AA Jack Cousens says: “Hard-core drink drivers remain the biggest drink-drive threat to other UK road users.
“Some think that they can drive just as well after drinking, some will even boast they drive better.
“They’ve probably been doing it for years and have been getting it away with it, but it only takes one drink-influenced incident to end in tragedy – too late to finally get the message.
“The AA’s advice on drink-driving is simple: if you’re going to drink, don’t drive and if you’re going to drive, don’t drink.”
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