According to government statistics on drinking and driving, in 1980 the total number of accidents that involved alcohol was 18,570. This resulted in 1,450 deaths and a total of 29,830 casualties, 7,970 of them being serious.
Fast forward to 2013, the last year for which the complete statistics have been published: the total number of accidents that involved alcohol was 6,630 and these resulted in 230 deaths and a total of 9,930 casualties of which 1,200 were serious.
It is clear that over the years there have been substantial reductions in accidents, deaths and casualties, though the figures are still too high and it is apparent that drinking and driving is killing many people year on year. In fact alcohol is involved in about one sixth of all fatal accidents on UK roads. Continue Reading →