Further crack down on drink drivers neededAugust 15th, 2016
New figures released by the Department for Transport (DfT) have shown that there has been little improvement in the number of people killed by drink drivers on our roads each year.
Figures released for 2014 showed that 240 people were killed in road accidents where the driver was over the drink drive limit. Provisional figures for 2015 show that these numbers have remained largely the same (200-290 people killed). The figures also revealed that there were a high percentage of male drivers who were involved in fatal drink driving accidents (70% of drivers were male in 2014).
The road safety charity Brake are now urging the government to take more action against drink drivers and introduce a zero tolerance to drink driving. They are also calling for the government to raise awareness of the dangers of drink driving, particularly to young male drivers who make up the highest proportion of drink drivers involved in these types of crashes.
A research advisor at Brake commented, “The statistics revealed today reveal a worrying level of stagnation in the number of people killed because of drink-driving, with the numbers remaining unchanged since the previous year. Drink-drive fatalities in the UK have now remained almost static since 2009 it’s clear that decisive action is urgently needed to achieve further reductions in death and injuries.”
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Sarah Winters, Associate Solicitor from CFG Law commented on the figures, “Clearly the government needs to relook at their policies towards drink driving and crack down on people who break the law. Any road death is a tragedy and we’ve seen time and again the terrible effect drink driving can have on loved ones trying to deal with their loss. More needs to be done in the future to decrease these avoidable crashes from occurring.”
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