DRINK-DRIVE DEATHS SOAR
Crash toll worst for eight years
DRINK-drive road deaths have reached their highest level since 2009, it has been revealed.
Between 240 and 330 people were killed by crashes on Britain’s roads in 2017 where at least one driver was over the drink-drive limit, Department for Transport (DfT) data shows.
The figure represents about 16% of all the country’s road fatalities.
The provisional fatality figure of 290 is up from 230 during the previous year and is the most since eight years before.
An estimated 8,660 people were killed or injured in drink-drive crashes, down 4% on the previous year.
A DfT spokesman said: “The Government is currently working to develop new, better, roadside breath tests, meaning drink-drivers do not have the chance to sober up.”