The number of deaths caused by drink-driving in the UK increased by 20 per cent in 2016, according to the latest Department for Transport (DfT) statistics.

The provisional estimates released yesterday show that between 200 and 280 people were killed in accidents involving drivers who were over the legal alcohol limit in 2016, indicating the first rise in deaths since 2013 and the most significant increase since 2000.

Furthermore, a total of 9,050 people are estimated to have been killed or injured in 2016 in drink-driving accidents, a figure which has increased by 8,470 compared with the previous year.

However, despite the worrying rise in numbers, fatalities from drink-driving incidents are still less than half of what they were a decade ago.

The figures have been derived from STATS19 forms completed by the police, as well as toxicology data for road fatalities from coroners and procurators fiscal.

The DfT emphasised in its statement that the statistics are only provisional, saying: ‘These statistics, especially the number of fatalities, are subject to considerable uncertainty.

‘This means that it is impossible to be sure of the precise number of casualties, so ranges and confidence intervals are used throughout.’

An updated set of final estimates based on more complete data will be released by the DfT in August 2018.

Tristan Shale-Hester


February 9, 2018

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