Roads: Accidents

Transport written question – answered on 22nd October 2008.

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Photo of Theresa Villiers Theresa Villiers Shadow Secretary of State for Transport

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport

(1) how many people were (a) killed and (b) seriously injured as a result of traffic collisions involving drivers under the influence of drugs in each region of England and Wales in (i) each of the last 10 years and (ii) 2008 to date;

(2) how many people were (a) killed, (b) seriously injured and (c) injured as a result of traffic collisions involving drivers under the age of 25 years under the influence of drugs in each region of England and Wales in (i) each of the last 10 years and (ii) 2008 to date.

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

The numbers of people (a) killed and (b) seriously injured resulting from reported personal injury road accidents involving at least one driver/rider with impairment by drugs (illicit or medicinal) as a contributory factor for 2005 to 2007 in Great Britain are shown in the table.

Number of casualties
2005 2006 2007
Government office region Killed Seriously injured Killed Seriously injured Killed Seriously injured
North East 3 5 4 7 0 10
North West 9 26 15 26 3 31
Yorkshire and the Humber 3 24 1 21 5 31
East Midlands 2 12 5 21 8 15
West Midlands 4 14 4 38 3 10
East of England 12 45 12 33 11 36
South East 12 56 6 47 19 37
London 0 12 4 15 3 17
South West 6 19 1 13 4 28
England 51 213 52 221 56 215
Wales 3 17 0 8 9 13
England and Wales 54 230 52 229 65 228

The numbers of people (a) killed, (b) seriously injured and (c) slightly injured resulting from reported personal injury road accidents involving at least one driver/rider under the age of 25-years-old and with impairment by drugs (illicit or medicinal) as a contributory factor for 2005 to 2007 in Great Britain are shown in the table.

Number of casualties
2005 2006 2007
Government Office region Killed Seriously injured Slightly injured Killed Seriously injured Slightly injured Killed Seriously injured Slightly injured
North East 2 2 8 0 3 15 0 3 6
North West 1 8 24 11 11 24 1 15 39
Yorkshire and the Humber 1 7 18 0 10 34 3 9 37
East Midlands 0 2 6 1 8 8 3 7 9
West Midlands 2 7 27 1 23 30 2 4 28
East of England 4 25 28 4 12 21 4 15 20
South East 5 21 32 3 17 51 9 15 47
London 0 3 11 2 6 9 1 2 5
South West 1 3 15 0 9 17 1 21 26
England 16 78 169 22 99 209 24 91 217
Wales 1 10 19 0 4 12 6 8 14
England and Wales 17 88 188 22 103 221 30 99 231

Information on contributory factors is not available prior to 2005. 2008 data will be published in September 2009.

The contributory factor "impairment by drugs" applies to prohibited drugs as well as all medicines, whether prescription or 'over the counter'. The drug factor is recorded in accidents in which the police officer's opinion at the time of reporting is that the driver/rider was affected by drugs and behaved in a way which caused, or contributed to, the accident. This may not be the result of a drug screening test.

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