With a new Government report ins showing between 2015 and 2017 there was a 25% increase in drink driving related deaths, the Government are being urged to get tougher with drink drivers.
Data form the Department For Transport (DfT) showed in 2015 there were 200 reported drink driving related in deaths; compared with 230 in 2016 and 250 in 2017.
Strangely, the DfT described these figures are “not statistically significant”. Many would beg to differ.
Unsurprisingly, several safety and road traffic organisations have expressed concerns over the rise.
Nicholas Lyes, Head of Policy for the RAC, stated: “These figures are disappointing and show that much more needs to be done to eradicate the scourge of drink-driving.
“The data shows that no discernible progress has been made for nine years in reducing the number of people killed in road traffic collisions where at least one driver was over the legal drink-drive limit. The government should be looking closely at all its options – even reviewing the drink-drive limit. But ultimately, it is absolutely vital that we have police enforcing laws and increasing roadside breathalyser testing so that law-breakers know they will be caught.”
Hunter Abbott, Managing Director of Alcosense stated: “Police carried out just 325,000 roadside breath tests in England and Wales in 2017 – a fall of 15 percent over the previous year and the lowest level since this data has been collected,” he said. “The number of road traffic officers also decreased by 30 percent between 2007 and 2017. There’s a direct link between cuts in police budgets and increased drink drive deaths.
“Together with the highest drink drive limit in the developed world, it’s a lethal cocktail. Studies show you are 13 times more likely to be involved in a fatal accident when at the English limit, compared with being sober – and five times more likely at the lower Scottish limit. A two-pronged strategy of better enforcement, plus a drink drive limit across the UK in line with the rest of Europe, could save many lives each year.”
Road safety charity Brake are also motivated to see a reduction in the drink driving limit. Their Director of Campaigns, Joshua Harris said: “The fact that the number of people estimated to have been killed in drink drive related crashes has increased to the highest level since 2009 is incredibly concerning,” he said. “Couple today’s figures with the shocking fact that thousands of drivers have been caught drink driving on two or more occasions over the past four years, it begs the question, how much longer must this continue before the government acts?
“The current drink-driving limit gives a false impression that it is safe to drink and drive – this is a dangerous message and one that couldn’t be further from the truth. Research has shown even very small amounts of alcohol dramatically affect safe driving. The government must act now to tackle the blight of drink driving by implementing a zero-tolerance limit, making clear to drivers that not a drop of alcohol is safe.”
About Carl Millar
Carl Millar is a highly respected and experienced drink driving solicitor who is the principal of Millars Solicitors.
Carl has been a specialist in road traffic law for many years and represents clients from all walks of life and all over the Country. He is well known for the dogged defending of his clients and robust cross examination of police officers and exert witnesses.
With a wealth of expertise in motoring law Carl is well placed to provide advice over the phone and deal with all road traffic matters in a calm and professional way.
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