Reported road casualties in Great Britain: 2010 provisional estimates for accidents involving illegal alcohol levels

Publisher:Department for Transport
Published date: 4 August 2011
Series:Road accidents and safety
Statistics topic:Casualties, Drink driving

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This publication presents statistics on personal injury accidents in 2010 on public roads (including footways) in Great Britain, which became known to the police within 30 days.

These are provisional statistics on accidents reported to the police involving drinking and driving in Great Britain in 2010, according to the arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority. The figures also include final estimates for 2009 and more detailed statistics on drink driving accidents and casualties will be available in Article 3 of Reported Road Casualties Great Britain – Annual Report, due for publication in September 2011.

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Key points

Provisional 2010 drink drive estimates show:

  • Fatalities resulting from drink and drive accidents fell by 35 per cent from 380 in 2009 to 250 in 2010, whilst seriously injured casualties fell by 18 per cent from 1,490 to 1,230.
  • Slight casualties resulting from drink drive accidents fell by 19 per cent from 10,150 to 8,220.
  • Total casualties also fell by 19 per cent from 12,030 to 9,700.
  • Fatal accidents decreased to 230 in 2010, a decrease of 34 per cent.
  • Overall drink and drive accidents fell by 18 per cent from 8,050 to 6,630.

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