Driving Under Influence: Death

Transport written question – answered on 21st January 2008.

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Photo of Chris Ruane Chris Ruane PPS (Caroline Flint, Minister of State), Department for Work and Pensions

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many young people who died as a result of road traffic accidents were (a) under the influence of alcohol and (b) under the influence of drugs in each of the past 10 years.

Photo of Jim Fitzpatrick Jim Fitzpatrick Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

The percentage of drivers and riders killed over the legal blood alcohol limit by age group for Great Britain from 1997 to 2006 is shown in the table.

Motorcycle riders Cars and other motor vehicles
Age Age
16-19 20-29 30-39 40+ All Ages 16-19 20-29 30-39 40+ All Ages All
1997 10 14 16 7 13 25 23 26 12 19 17
1998 15 7 18 6 11 17 25 24 9 17 15
1999 23 8 12 2 9 22 31 31 7 20 17
2000 17 10 13 5 10 20 32 34 12 22 18
2001 11 14 12 1 10 18 35 25 14 22 18
2002 27 15 10 2 11 18 31 37 14 19 19
2003 10 20 12 8 13 18 33 28 12 19 19
2004 19 19 13 10 14 26 31 32 16 25 21
2005 26 11 13 11 13 25 33 33 13 24 20
2006(1) 14(2) 10(3) 11 25 33 24 19 25 20
(1) Provisional data. The sample size for 2006 is not yet sufficient to give a full age breakdown.

(2) Age groups 16-29.

(3) Age groups 30+.

This table can also be found on the Department's website at the following address:

http://www.dft.gov.uk/172974/173025/221412/221549/227755/285672/Article3DrinkDrivetab1.xls

Information on whether or not drivers involved in accidents failed a drugs test is not collected by the Department.

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