Drink-drive deaths rose in 2008

20.33 | 13 August 2009 | | 1 comment

The number of people killed in road accidents involving alcohol rose last year, according to figures released by the DfT.

Provisional statistics show that the number of deaths increased from 410 in 2007 to 430 in 2008. And the number of drink-drive fatal accidents – where at least one person was killed – also rose from 370 to 380.

Eleanor Besley, policy and research officer with the Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety (PACTS), said: “It is disappointing to see a five% rise in the number of people killed in crashes involving illegal alcohol levels, particularly in a year which saw overall road deaths fall by nearly 14%.

"I dare say it is a blip and we hope that last year’s figures represent the real trend and that drink related road deaths is still on a downward curve."

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    WHILE THOSE WHO KNOW BETTER CONTINUE TO REFER TO DRINK/DRUG DEATHS AS ACCIDENTS, PEOPLE WILL ASSUME THAT THE CRASHES CANNOT BE HELPED – NO ONES FAULT. But Drink/Drug driving is a CRIMINAL OFFENCE and as such is NO ACCIDENT.

    The same applies to all CRASHE/COLLISIONS/INCIDENTS where the killer or maimer has committed a CRIMINAINAL MOTORING OFFENCE and in so doing KILLS OR INJURES AND INNOCENT PERSON.
    Rhys Jones’ death was more of an accident.


    Judith Hall – Norfolk
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