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New official UK data reveals 17% increase in drink-drive deaths

Newly revised figures released by the Department of Transport today estimate that there were 280 deaths caused by drink-drive accidents in 2012, accounting for 16% of all road deaths. It also marks an increase of 17% compared with 2011, which saw 240 drink-drive fatalities occurring on British roads.

Further data from the Reported Road Casualties in Great Britain: 2012 Annual Report shows that despite a slight fall in the total number of drink-drive accidents between 2011 and 2012 (from 6,690 to 6,670) there were 60 more casualties resulting from those accidents over the period (9,930 to 9,990). The proportion of driver/riders found to be above the legal alcohol limit involved in drink-drive accidents remained stable at just under 2% (1.7%).

The Reported Road Casualties in Great Britain (RRCGB) Annual Report: 2012 presents detailed statistics (headline figures were first published in June 2013) about the circumstances of personal injury accidents, including the types of vehicles involved, the resulting casualties and factors which may contribute to accidents. Further information about the Reported Road Casualties Great Britain Annual Report can be found in the Department for Transport section of the Gov.uk website.