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2012 drink drive casualties similar to previous years

Friday 8th August 2014

The DfT has confirmed that drink drive casualties in 2012 were similar to the previous two years, and that drink drive deaths in 2012 were the lowest since detailed records began in 1979.

While the number of people seriously injured (1,200) in drink drive collisions in 2012 fell by 6% compared to 2011, the number of slightly injured casualties (8,510) rose by 1% in 2012.

The overall effect is that total drink drive casualties (9,930) of all severities in 2012 were unchanged from the previous year.

In 2012, drink driving accounted for around 13% of all road deaths, 6% of all KSI casualties and 5% of all reported road casualties.

Drink drive deaths and serious injuries in 2012 were both around 85% down on 1979 when detailed recording began.

Following a sharp drop of around 40% between 2009 and 2010, drink drive deaths have been stable since 2010.

A similar period of stability was seen earlier in the decade – between 2002 and 2006, when deaths fluctuated between 550 and 580 – before they fell again in 2007.


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As always when looking at changes in any particular group of accidents and casualties it would have been helpful to show the comparable overall figures - i.e. national trend. For instance between 1998 and 2006 road deaths changed significantly in only one year, 2004 (coincidentally or otherwise, the period which saw much the greatest expansion of speed cameras yet seen).
Idris Francis Fight Back With Facts Petersfield

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