Increase in drink-drive deaths in 2016 revealed

Latest figures from Department for Transport show drink-driving killed as many as 230 people in one year

New figures issued by the Department for Transport (DfT) reveal that drink-drive fatalities on British roads rose by 18 per cent in 2016 compared to the previous year.

Final figures for 2016 show that between 220 and 250 people were killed in accidents in Britain where at least one of the drivers or riders involved was over the drink-drive limit.

It is estimated that around 230 road users were killed in drink related accidents over the year, rising from 170 in 2015.

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The DfT’s new figures are 2016’s final numbers. In total, the “central” estimate of drink-drive casualties of all severity was recorded at 9,040 for the year, representing a seven per cent increase. Those 9,040 casualties are the result of an estimated 6,070 accidents, a rise of six per cent on 2015. All in all, it means roughly four per cent of all drink drive accidents in Britain two years ago resulted in fatalities.

Earlier this year, Jack Cousens, head of roads policy for the AA, said “hard-core drink-drivers” were partly to blame, but called for greater detail in the way figures are recorded.

Counsens said: “The statistics need to show the breakdown of accidents by time of day to assess the proportion of drivers getting drunk at the pub versus those drinking at home who become a particular menace the morning after.”

Cousens added that in the face of declining traffic police numbers, more officers were needed in order to target “people in places where there is most likely to be” a problem.

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