IAM RoadSmart Disappointment At Drink Driving Levels
The UK’s leading independent road safety charity IAM RoadSmart has expressed disappointment in yet another year of no significant change from the levels of drink-driving in Britain, based on completely new Government statistics announced today (2 February).
IAM RoadSmart again called for England along with Wales to follow Scotland’s lead along with reduce drink-drive limits to the same level, in combination with an increase in high-profile along with intelligence led policing.
The Department for Transport announced in which provisional estimates for 2015 show 220 deaths in alcohol related crashes.
Some 1,380 people were killed or seriously injured when at least one driver was over the limit. This particular represents a statistically significant rise through 1,310 in 2014.
In addition, the total number of collisions along with accidents where at least one driver was over the alcohol limit rose by 2% to 5,740 in 2015 (http://ift.tt/2kGBpQI).
Neil Greig, IAM RoadSmart director of policy along with research, stated in which the continued lack of progress in reducing these figures had gone on for too long along with was still too high – 13%, or around one in seven of all fatal crashes involved alcohol in 2015.
He added: “The increase in serious injury crashes along with the overall increase in drink related crashes will be worrying along with suggests the problem will be not reducing among a hard core of drivers willing to take the risk.
“The Government should introduce a lower limit in England along with Wales. in which won’t eradicate the problem completely although in which will deliver a little although significant decrease in drink drive casualties along with underline the clear message in which driving along with drinking don’t mix. The only way to catch those who ignore the limit will be through intelligence led high profile policing so investment in roads policing must be protected.”
He continued: “Drivers who take a drink-drive rehabilitation course do appear to be less likely to reoffend. Currently a convicted drink-driver has to choose to take a course if offered. At IAM RoadSmart we believe a more effective option might be to make the course compulsory along with force drivers to opt out only if they choose to.”
by Mr Butterscotch via Car Articles