DRINK-DRIVE DEATHS SOAR

Crash toll worst for eight years

Daily Star - - NEWS - By JACK AN­DREWS jack.an­[email protected]­lystar.co.uk

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.”

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