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Worried about drinking and driving?

Then join CADD in our campaign to stamp out drinking and driving. Phone us on 0845 123 5541 / 43, write to us at PO Box 62, Brighouse, West Yorkshire HD6 3YY, or e-mail us. You can become a member of CADD by filling in and posting us our membership form - please click here to download.

We are a registered charity and rely on donations to help us to continue our work - if you feel you would like to make a donation, please send cheques (made payable to 'CADD') to the above address.

We also operate a confidential help line for those affected by death or injury on the roads - ring 0845 123 5542 (calls are charged at local rate) - we are open 365 days a year, 9am to 9pm.

Click HERE for 2009 Statistics

The Facts About Drinking & Driving:

Drink and drug drive deaths and injuries 2008 Research suggests that around one in six deaths on our roads is caused by drivers over the legal alcohol limit and similar numbers are caused by drug drivers.

That means that of the 2,645 people killed on UK roads in 2008, about 880 deaths may have been caused by drivers whose driving was impaired by drink and/or drugs.

That is:

  • 73 people killed by drink and drug drivers every month
  • 17 people killed by drink and drug drivers every week
  • 1 person killed by drink and drug drivers every 10 hours

Accurate figures for all drink and drug-related crashes for 2008 are not available, but we do know that:

  • About 880 deaths, 1,760 serious injuries and 11,850 slight injuries were caused by drivers over the legal drink-drive limit in Britain.
  • 18 people were killed, 121 were seriously injured and 376 were slightly injured in crashes in Northern Ireland caused by drivers on alcohol or drugs.
  • Police reported that at least 60 deaths, 280 serious injuries and 745 slight injuries were caused by crashes in Britain in which drugs were a contributory factor.

(NB: although these figures are generally accepted they are believed to be a vast underestimate of the casualties actually caused by drug driving - see below)

Other research confirms that the problem of drug-driving is widespread, linked to increasing use of illegal drugs:  

KEY FACTS:

  • Drink driving dropped dramatically over the eleven years from 1986 to 1997. Drink drive fatalities were 990 in 1986, compared with 540 for 1997. However, this trend is reversing, with 580 drink drive deaths in 2004, although the figure has been stable for the last two years.

  • In 2004 nearly 184,000 drivers and riders in road injury accidents were breath tested, with a 4% failure rate, which is the exact same rate as in 1997.


  • Drink driving is not restricted to the run up to Christmas, but is an all year round problem.


  • In 2004 (the latest year for which we have definite statistics), 2920 people were killed or seriously injured in drink related accidents.


  • 21% of drivers and riders killed on the roads in 2004 were over the legal blood alcohol limit.


  • In injury accidents in 2004 362,303 people were breathalysed and 7,427 failed - that's 2% of those tested.


  • In 2004, 3.1% of men involved in injury-accidents failed a breath test, compared to 1.1% of women.


  • In 2004 , 56% of all alcohol related accidents occurred between midnight on Thursday and midnight on Sunday.


  • In 2004, in the key 17 - 24 age group, 6.3% breath tested after an accident failed the test, compared to an average for all ages of 4.4%


Source: Department for Transport, September 2005.

DRINKING AND DRIVING:

Legal Alcohol Limits:

  • 35 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath.
  • 80 milligrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood.
  • 107 milligrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of urine.

Limit is scientifically based: set at level where for most drivers the chance of accident involvement rises sharply.

Within the EU, Cyprus has the highest limit, with 90-milligrammes, 4 member states had an 80-milligramme limit, including the UK and Malta, 13 have 50-milligrames. Lithuania allows 40-milligrammes, 3 member states have a 20-milligramme limit, and the Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia have a zero limit.

Fatal casualties in accidents where one driver or rider was over the legal limit - Great Britain :

1990
1991
1992
1993
1994
1995
1996
1997
1998
1999
2000
2001
2002
2003
2004
760
660
660
540
540
540
580
550
460
460
530
530
550
580
580

Percentage of drivers and riders killed in GB, whose blood alcohol level was known, and were over the legal limit:

1990
1991
1992
1993
1994
1995
1996
1997
1998
1999
2000
2001
2002
2003
2004
18%
19%
20%
19%
21%
19%
21%
17%
15%
17%
18%
18%
19%
19%
21%

Drivers killed - Percentage over legal blood alcohol limit - GB 2004 by Age Group

Age 16 - 19
Age 20 - 29
Age 30 - 39
Age 40+
All Ages
26%
31%
32%
16%
25%

Police Enforcement:

Breath tests administered in England and Wales by outcome
1995
1996
1997
1998
1999
2000
2001
2002
2003
2004
703,000
781,000
800,000
815,000
764,000
715,000
624,000
570,000
534,000
578,000
Proportion positive/refused:
13%
13%
13%
13%
12%
13%
16%
18%
20%
18%
Convictions:
93,000
96,000
100,000
93,000
89,000
86,000
85,000
90,000
94,000
96,000
(Source: DfT September 2005)

Fatalities And Serious Injuries On The Roads of Great Britain 2004:

ROAD TYPE
FATAL
%
INJURIES
%
Motorways
176
6
831
3
A Roads
1612
55
11451
46
Other roads
1125
39
12747
51
TOTAL
2913
25029
(Source: DfT September 2005)

Number of Offences Resulting in Immediate Imprisonment - England & Wales

Offence Type
1995
1996
1997
1998
1999
2000
2001
2002
2003
Causing death or bodily harm
250
290
270
270
210
250
300
300
300
Dangerous Driving
2500
2300
2500
2300
2300
2400
2600
3000
3100
Driving etc. after consuming alcohol or drugs
6200
6400
7200
6900
6900
6600
6600
6400
6300
Accident Offences
400
500
500
600
600
600
600
600
600
(Source: Home Office Web Site)

Sentences resulting in immediate imprisonment as percentage of all findings of guilt - England & Wales

Offence Type
1995
1996
1997
1998
1999
2000
2001
2002
2003
Causing death or bodily harm
73%
78%
79%
80%
79%
81%
83%
84%
90%
Dangerous Driving
38%
40%
42%
40%
44%
45%
48%
48%
46%
Driving etc. after consuming alcohol or drugs
7%
7%
7%
7%
8%
8%
8%
7%
7%
Accident Offences
2%
3%
3%
3%
4%
4%
4%
4%
4%
(Source: Home Office Web Site)

Average fines at Magistrate's Courts - England & Wales

Offence Type
1995
1996
1997
1998
1999
2000
2001
2002
2003
Dangerous Driving
£300
£299
£295
£325
£318
£303
£292
£316
£294
Driving etc. after consuming alcohol or drugs
£299
£295
£281
£263
£256
£240
£203
£207
£209
Careless Driving
£121
£121
£122
£118
£119
£122
£142
£146
£147
(Source: Home Office Web Site)

Average fines at Magistrate's Courts revalued to 1993 prices - England & Wales

Offence Type
1995
1996
1997
1998
1999
2000
2001
2002
2003
Dangerous Driving
£283
£275
£264
£281
£271
£250
£237
£252
£228
Driving etc. after consuming alcohol or drugs
£282
£272
£251
£227
£218
£198
£165
£165
£162
Careless Driving
£114
£111
£109
£102
£101
£101
£115
£117
£114
(Source: Home Office Web Site)

 

In England & Wales in 2004 there were 2915 deaths on the road

To put this in perspective, there were :-

209 deaths from AIDS/HIV
59 deaths from CJD
No deaths from Bird Flu

2915 deaths on the road

(Source: Department of Transport and Office for National Statistics)

CADD's Aims
  • To provide support to the families of victims killed or injured by drunk and/or drugged drivers
  • To provide victims of drink/drugged drivers with emotional and practical support, advice and information about coping with a sudden bereavement or injury

 

 

 
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