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CarsDrink-drive deaths rise to eight-year high

18:25  29 august  2019
18:25  29 august  2019 Source:   inews.co.uk

Drink-drive deaths in Britain have hit an EIGHT YEAR high

Drink-drive deaths in Britain have hit an EIGHT YEAR high An estimated 250 people were killed in crashes on Britain´s roads in 2017 involving at least one driver over the limit. This was 20 more than in 2016 and a 25% rise compared to 2015.

The number of people killed in drink - drive crashes on Britain’s roads has reached an eight - year high . Department for Transport (DfT) data shows there It is also an increase of 20 compared with 2016, although the DfT said the rise was not statistically significant. The number of people killed or injured in

Drink - drive deaths in UK hit eight - year high at 250 in 2017 - but government dismisses rise as 'not This is a 9 per cent rise from 230 in 2016 and the worst death toll since 2009 Nearly eight in ten drink of the drink drive accidents involved male drivers The number of people killed in drink - drive crashes on Britain's roads has reached an eight - year

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The number of people killed in drink-driving incidents has risen to an eight-year high, according to government data.

The latest Department for Transport figures for Great Britain show that the number of fatalities in incidents where at least one driver was over the drink-drive limit rose to 250 in 2017.

That is a nine per cent increase on 2016’s 230 deaths and the highest number since 2009 when 340 people died.

The number of serious injuries also increased by just over 10 per cent, from 1,250 to 1,380.

The increases comes as police figures reveal that there were 56,000 fewer roadside breath tests carried out in 2017 than in 2016.

New drink-drive fatality figures herald calls for more enforcement

New drink-drive fatality figures herald calls for more enforcement Several organisations are also pushing for a new, "zero-tolerance" drink-drive limit. The government has been urged to step up its enforcement of drink-driving rules after figures revealed an estimated increase in the number of people killed in drink-drive-related crashes. More on drink-driving: AA warns of dangerous 'double standard' in drink-drive attitudes Drink-drive deaths hit eight-year high Data from the Department for Transport (DfT) showed that 2017 saw around 250 people killed in accidents in England and Wales where one or more driver was over the legal blood alcohol limit.

Drink - drive fatalities have hit an eight - year highCredit: PA:Press Association. New provisional figures from the Department of Transport show between 240 to And that number would also demonstrate an eight - year high in drink - drive deaths on UK roads, after 380 people were killed in 2009.

The number of people killed in drink - drive crashes has hit a record high in the past eight years . But the legal level in the rest of the UK remains among the highest in Europe at 80mg. Brake’s director of campaigns Joshua Harris said the increase is drink - drive deaths is ‘incredibly concerning’.

The rise in deaths has prompted calls to invest in better enforcement and cut the drink-drive limit, with some campaigners demanding a zero-tolerance limit.

‘Direct link to police cuts’

Hunter Abbott, member of the Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety and managing director of breathalyser firm AlcoSense said the latest figures showed the damaging impact police cuts were having on road safety.

He commented: “Police carried out just 325,000 roadside breath tests in England and Wales in 2017 – a fall of 15 per over the previous year and the lowest level since this data has been collected

“The number of road traffic officers also decreased by 30 per cent between 2007 and 2017.

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“There’s a direct link between cuts in police budgets and increased drink drive deaths.

Health chiefs warn over 'alarming' rise in alcohol-related deaths

Health chiefs warn over 'alarming' rise in alcohol-related deaths Health chiefs warn over 'alarming' rise in alcohol-related deaths

Deaths due to drink - driving crashes have hit an eight - year high (Picture: Getty). The number of people killed in drink - drive crashes has hit a record The Scottish Government reduced the alcohol limit for drivers from 80 milligrammes (mg) per 100 millilitres of blood to 50mg in December 2014.

Driving after drinking is deadly. Yet it still continues to happen across the United States. If you drive while impaired, you could get arrested, or worse—be involved in a traffic Car crashes are the leading cause of death for teens, and about a quarter of those crashes involve an underage drinking driver .

“Together with the highest drink drive limit in the developed world, it’s a lethal cocktail.

“A two-pronged strategy of better enforcement, plus a drink drive limit across the UK in line with the rest of Europe, could save many lives each year.”

In England, Wales and Northern Ireland the drink-drive limit is 80mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood, while in Scotland and most of mainland Europe it is 50mg/100ml blood.

No progress

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The RAC’s head of policy, Nicholas Lyes, said: “These figures are disappointing and show that much more needs to be done to eradicate the scourge of drink-driving.

“The data shows that no discernible progress has been made for nine years in reducing the number of people killed in road traffic collisions where at least one driver was over the legal drink-drive limit.

“The Government should be looking closely at all its options, even reviewing the drink-drive limit. But ultimately, it is absolutely vital that we have police enforcing laws and increasing roadside breathalyser testing so that law breakers know they will be caught.”

Four in five crash deaths are on rural roads - with Sunday the most dangerous day of week

Four in five crash deaths are on rural roads - with Sunday the most dangerous day of week Nearly four out of every five road deaths happen on rural roads, and more than one-in-three people killed last year was not wearing a seat belt. 

Drink - drive deaths have reached the highest level since 2009, new Department for Transport statistics have shown. The new stats said there was a year -on- year And while the DfT said the rise in casualties was 'not statistically significant', Brake's director of campaigns Joshua Harris referred to the

Booze-related road deaths have hit an eight - year high and 9,050 people were injured by a drunk driver in 2016 - a seven per cent rise on 2015. Road groups are calling from the alcohol driving limit to be lowered Official estimates from the Department of Transport show up to 280 people were killed

Roadside breathtests have fallen 15% in the last year

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Zero tolerance

Joshua Harris, director of campaigns at road safety charity Brake, added: “The fact that the number of people estimated to have been killed in drink-drive-related crashes has increased to the highest level since 2009 is incredibly concerning.

“Couple these figures with the shocking fact that thousands of drivers have been caught drink driving on two or more occasions over the past four years, it begs the question, how much longer must this continue before the Government acts?

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“The current drink-driving limit gives a false impression that it is safe to drink and drive – this is a dangerous message and one that couldn’t be further from the truth. Research has shown even very small amounts of alcohol dramatically affect safe driving.

“The Government must act now to tackle the blight of drink driving by implementing a zero-tolerance limit, making clear to drivers that not a drop of alcohol is safe.”

Falling casualties

While fatalities and serious injuries rose in 2017, the overall number of casualties in drink-drive incidents fell by five per cent to 8,600 - a return to the level in 2015 after a rise in 2016.

The total number of drink-drive-related collisions fell by six per cent to 5,700, also reverting to a similar level to 2015.

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Suspected drink driver wedges car between rails at foot bridge entrance.
Suspected drink driver wedges car between rails at foot bridge entrance

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