DRINKING AND DRIVING STATISTICS

  • The total number of casualties of all severities in drink drive accidents for 2013 was 8,270, down 17% on the 2012 figure and the lowest total on record.
  • In 2013 we estimate that between 220 and 260 people were killed in accidents in Great Britain where at least one driver was over the drink drive limit, with a central estimate of 240 deaths.
  • Around 14% of all deaths in reported road traffic accidents in 2013 involved at least one driver over the drink drive limit.
  • The number of seriously injured casualties in drink drive accidents decreased by 8% from 1,200 in 2012 to 1,100 in 2013. 

 

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CURRENT DRINK DRIVE LIMITS

In England, Wales and Northern Ireland, the legal alcohol limit for drivers is:

  • 35 microgrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath
  • 80 milligrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood
  • 107 milligrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of urine

 

In Scotland (from 5 December 2014) the legal alcohol limit for drivers is lower at:

  • 22 microgrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath
  • 50 milligrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood
  • 67 milligrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of urine.

 

Limits for rail, maritime and aviation differ.

Current Position – Offences

Under the 1988 Road Traffic Act

If a person -

  • (a) drives or attempts to drive a motor vehicle on a road or other public place, or
  • (b) is in charge of a motor vehicle on a road or other public place,
  • after consuming so much alcohol that the proportion of it in his breath, blood or urine exceeds the prescribed limit he is guilty of an offence.

 

The penalty for this may include

  • 6 months’ imprisonment
  • an unlimited fine
  • a driving ban for at least 1 year (3 years if convicted twice in 10 years)

 

Other linked offences include:

  • being drunk in charge of a vehicle and failing to provide when asked for a specimen of blood, breath or urine.
  • Specific additional measures are applicable to individuals classed as High Risk Offenders

 

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