Latest figures show around 8,600
people were killed or injured in
drink-drive crashes in 2017


Figures released today by the Department for Transport (DfT) show that around 8,600 people were killed or injured in drink-drive collisions in 2017.

The DfT today released the ‘Reported Road Casualties in Great Britain, final estimates involving illegal alcohol levels: 2017,’ which provides the estimates of casualties in collisions involving at least one driver or rider over the drink-drive limit.

The report also shows that between 230 and 270 people were killed in drink-drive crashes, with a central estimate of 250 fatalities.

The total number of drink-drive collisions fell by 6% to 5,700, reverting to a similar level to 2015.

The final estimate of fatalities for 2017 is similar to levels seen since 2010, and the rise from 230 in 2016 is not statistically significant.

The figures are derived from the STATS19 forms completed by the police, plus toxicology data for road fatalities from coroners and procurators fiscal.

Breath test data for 2018 will be published in September 2019 alongside the Reported Road Casualties in Great Britain: 2018 Annual Report.

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