Department for Transport report rise in drink driving cases
by Helen Jackson |
posted 13 February 2018
According to government figures, there has been a significant rise in drink driving cases. This statistical rise has led to road safety charity IAM RoadSmart wanting urgent action.
The Department for Transport say that an estimated 9,050 people were killed or injured in 2016 in a crash involving a drunk driver. These figures show a statistically significant rise from 8,470 in 2015. The highest number since 2012. The total number of collisions and accidents where at least one driver was over the alcohol limit rose by six percent to 6,080 in 2016.
Neil Greig, IAM RoadSmart Director of Policy and Research, said that these figures are “hugely disappointing”. He wants to see more targeted policing and a lot more driver education regarding drinking and driving.
“We suggest a two-pronged attack: firstly, continued education and a lower limit for the law-abiding majority who might stray or who don’t yet understand the risk, and secondly, getting the police to be more upfront about what targeted enforcement actually means as they seek to catch those selfish enough to ignore the current limit.”
IAM RoadSmart is concerned that this new upswing underlines that it is time to take action with more proactive policies. They also reiterated their call for compulsory drink-drive re-education courses for all drivers who are caught driving over the limit.