8,700 people killed or injured in crashes involving a drink driver
The new figures shows that an estimated 8,700 people were killed or injured in crashes involving at least one drink driver, an increase of 1% from 2017.
The Department for Transport has today published provisional estimates for drink drive crashes and casualties in Great Britain in 2018. This shows that an estimated 8,700 people were killed or injured in crashes involving at least one drink driver, an increase of 1% from 8,600 in 2017. The number of total crashes involving a drink driver is also estimated to have increased slightly by 4% to 5,900 from 5,730 in 2017.
The number of people killed in crashes where one driver was over the drink drive limit is, however, estimated to have fallen by 4% reaching a central estimate of 240 down from 250 in 2017.
The figures come as England and Wales now stand alone with the highest drink drive limit in the whole of Europe at 0.8mg of alcohol in 100ml of blood, after Malta, the previous joint highest, lowered their drink drive limit to 0.5mg of alcohol in 100ml per litre of blood in 2018.