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Drink-driving deaths in the UK have not decreased since 2010

  • September 2, 2018

New data on drink-driving collisions in the UK has been released by the Department for Transport.

The figures for 2016, the latest year available, estimate deaths caused by drink driving at 230, a similar level to 2010.

According to the research, the total number of collisions where at least one driver or rider was over the alcohol limit rose by 6% to 6,070 in 2016.

In a 2017 report, ETSC’s UK member PACTS said that the UK government “does not appear to have a detailed, overall strategy to tackle drink driving” and made a number of recommendations including a review of the Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) limit (the highest in the EU) and a review of the potential role of alcohol interlocks.  Since then, one UK police force has initiated a voluntary trial of the devices for repeat offenders.

Scotland reduced the BAC limit from 0.8 to 0.5 g/l in its jurisdiction in December 2014.