29/09/2005

Rise in drink-related deaths

The number of deaths related to drink driving has increased in the last year, the latest government figures have revealed.

According to figures released on Thursday by the Department of Transport, the number of deaths in accidents involving drink driving was 2% higher than 2003 figures.

However, the total number of casualties – including injuries – in drink-drive accidents fell by an estimated 10%.

The report, published by the Office of National Statistics, contained information about the number of people killed and injured on UK roads in the UK last year.

The figures revealed that 3,221 people were killed on Britain’s roads in 2004, a drop of 8% from 2003 figures, while the total number of casualties fell by 3% to 280,840.

The number of pedestrian casualties dropped by 4% between 2003 and 2004, while the number of pedestrians who were killed or seriously injured fell by 6%. The ONS said that 12% of all road accident casualties and 21% of those who died in road accidents were pedestrians.

However, there was an increase in the number of fatalities in accidents involving bicycles. The number of deaths rose by 18%, although overall cyclist casualties fell by 2% and the number killed or injured decreased by 4% overall.

There was also a drop of 3% in the number of children killed on the roads in 2004, while the total number of children killed or seriously injured fell by 5%.

The number of casualties in accidents involving motorcycles also dropped by 10% last year, while the number of deaths dropped by 16% and the number of serious injuries fell by 13%.

(KMcA/SP)

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