Reported road casualties in Great Britain, final estimates involving illegal alcohol levels: 2019

Organisation: Department for Transport (DfT)
Date of Publication: August 2021
Date Uploaded to Knowledge Centre: 31 August 2021

As expected, the final drink drive casualty figures for 2019 are similar to those in 2018 and the last decade.

Final estimates for 2019 show that between 210 and 250 people were killed in collisions in Great Britain where at least one driver was over the drink-drive limit, with a central estimate of 230 deaths – a year-on-year fall of around 2%.

The DfT says this figure is ‘broadly in line with the last few years’, and ‘not statistically significantly different’ from 2018.

At 2,050 the number of KSI casualties increased year-on-year by 8%, while all casualties (7,800) fell by 10% in the same period, to the lowest number ever recorded.

The total number of collisions in which at least one driver was over the alcohol limit decreased by 9% to 5,350, which is also the lowest number recorded.

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