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Road casualties report 2012 – drink-drive deaths levelling out

Headline figures on drink-driving casualties released by the Department of Transport (7 August) reveal that there were an estimated 210 fatal drink-drive accidents on Britain's roads in 2012, resulting in 230 deaths. This is roughly the same as 2011, when there were 220 fatal drink-drive accidents resulting in 240 deaths. The 2012 results were described as “not significantly different” compared with those from the previous 12-month period.

Total drink-drive casualties and accidents were also largely unchanged from the previous year. There were 9,930 casualties in 2012 (as in 2011), accounting for 5 per cent of all reported road casualties, and there were an estimated 60 fewer drink-drive accidents over the same period (6,690 in 2011 to 6,630 in 2012).

The number of drink-drive deaths in 2012 accounted for approximately 13 per cent of all road deaths in GB (1,754), a slight fall of 3 percentage points on the previous year (16 per cent).

The report's findings continue the trend in recent years of drink-drive deaths being among the lowest since detailed records began in 1979.

'Reported road casualties in Great Britain, final estimates involving illegal alcohol levels: 2012' is available to view and download from the Department for Transport statistics page of the gov.uk website.