National Statistics

Reported road casualties in Great Britain, provisional estimates involving illegal alcohol levels: 2013

Casualty statistics on drink drive accidents and includes statistics on self-reported drink and drug driving.


Reported road casualties in Great Britain illegal alcohol levels: 2013 tables

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Provisional estimates for 2013 show that:

  • between 230 and 290 people were killed in accidents in Great Britain where at least one driver was over the drink drive limit
  • although the estimated number of deaths rose to 260 in 2013 from 230 in 2012, due to the uncertainty in the estimates this rise is not statistically significant
  • around 15% of all deaths in reported road traffic accidents involved at least one driver over the limit
  • the number of seriously injured casualties in drink drive accidents decreased by 8% from 1,200 in 2012 to 1,100 in 2013
  • the total number of casualties of all types in drink drive accidents for 2013 was 8,290, down 17% on the 2012 figure

In the financial year ending 2014:

  • 5.9% of drivers admitted to driving when they thought that they might have been over the drink drive limit
  • 0.7% of drivers admitted to driving when they thought that they might be under the influence of illegal drugs
  • the rates of both self-reported drink and drug driving in 2013 to 2014 remain statistically unchanged from the 2012 to 2013 levels

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Published 12 February 2015