Drink Driving Statistics

Drink Driving Statistics

An average of 940 people are killed in drink driving related accidents in Great Britain each year.

An average of 3,681 people are seriously injured in drink driving related accidents in Great Britain each year.

Approximately 85,000 people are convicted of drink driving related offences each and every year in England and Wales alone.

The majority of those convicted are male (approximately 85%).

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DRINK DRIVING CASUALTY STATISTICS (1979 - 2014)

The following casualty estimated statistics include people who were killed, seriously injured of slightly injured in drink drive accidents in Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales) between 1979 and 2014.

Information sources to create the statistics include the police force, hospitals, death registrations and coroner's reports.

Drink Driving Casualty Statistics 1979-2014
YEAR Killed
(Deaths)
Injured
(Serious)
Injured
(Slight)
Total
1979 1,640 8,300 21,490 31,430
1981 1,420 7,370 19,160 27,950
1982 1,150 8,010 20,660 30,220
1983 1,110 6,800 18,610 26,520
1984 1,170 6,820 19,410 27,390
1985 1,040 6,810 19,380 27,220
1986 990 6,440 19,220 26,650
1987 900 5,900 17,670 24,470
1988 790 5,100 16,860 22,740
1989 810 4,790 16,620 22,220
1990 760 4,090 15,550 20,400
1991 660 3,610 13,610 17,880
1992 660 3,280 12,770 16,710
1993 540 2,660 11,780 14,980
1994 540 2,840 11,780 15,160
1995 540 3,000 12,450 16,000
1996 580 3,010 13,450 17,040
1997 550 2,940 13,310 16,800
1998 460 2,520 12,610 15,580
1999 460 2,470 13,980 16,910
2000 530 2,540 14,990 18,060
2001 530 2,700 15,550 18,780
2002 550 2,790 16,760 20,100
2003 580 2,590 15,820 18,990
2004 580 2,340 14,060 16,980
2005 550 2,090 12,760 15,400
2006 560 1,970 11,850 14,370
2007 410 1,760 11,850 14,020
2008 400 1,620 10,970 12,990
2009 380 1,500 10,150 12,030
2010 240 1,240 8,210 9,690
2011 240 1,270 8,420 9,930
2012 230 1,200 8,510 9,930
2013 240 1,100 6,930 8,270
2014 240 1,070 6,900 8,210
TOTAL 24,880 132,510 514,520 671,850
Source: Department for Transport, Road Accidents and Safety Statistics


DRINK DRIVING CONVICTIONS (2005 - 2015)

The following statistical information on drink driving related offences applies to convictions in England and Wales, UK only.

The figures in the tables below represent defendants who were convicted of that particular offence as the principal offence dealt with at court. The figures may be lower than the total number of people convicted of a particular offence in a given year as they do not include data where defendants were convicted of two or more offences where the other offence attracted a heavier penalty.

* Where the total number of convictions in a particular year does not tally with the number of males convicted plus the number of females convicted it means that there was a certain number of convictions counted towards the total where the sex of the defendant was not available when compiling the statistics.




Drink Driving Conviction Statistics (2005 - 2015)

A total of 613,090 people were charged with drink driving during this period. Statistics show that 595,093 (97%) of defendants charged were subsequently convicted while 17,997 (97%) were not convicted.

Driving / Attempting to Drive with excess alcohol
YEAR Convictions
(Total)
Convictions
(Male)
Convictions
(Female)
2005 72,127 63,319 8,808
2006 72,145 63,015 9,130
2007 69,594 60,060 9,493
2008 62,635 53,078 9,493
2009 59,761 49,945 9,658
2010 50,536 41,883 8,358
2011 47,539 39,196 8,185
2012 44,642 36,298 8,164
2013 40,683 33,208 7,317
2014 37,853 30,537 7,147
2015 37,578 30,357 7,007
TOTAL 595,093 500,896 92,679
Source: Ministry of Justice, Criminal Justice System Statistics Publication

Convictions under S.5(1)(a) of The Road Traffic Act 1988 (Driving a motor vehicle with alcohol concentration above prescribed limit) [1]


Between the years 2005 and 2015:

An average of 54,099 people were convicted of driving or attempting to drive a motor vehicle on a road or other public place while over the legal limit each year.

Out of the total number of people convicted of drink driving between 2005 and 2015:

Prison Sentence

Out of the 5% of defendants that received a custodial sentence (suspended or otherwise):

Fines

Out of the 76% of defendants that received a fine:

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Failing to Provide Specimen for Analysis While Driving (2005 - 2015)

A total of 61,712 people were charged with failing to provide a specimen for analysis while driving a motor vehicle during this period. Statistics show that 55,812 (90%) of defendants charged were subsequently convicted while 5,900 (10%) were not convicted.

Driving / Attempting to Drive (Fail to Provide)
YEAR Convictions
(Total)
Convictions
(Male)
Convictions
(Female)
2005 7,774 6,804 970
2006 7,491 6,433 1,058
2007 7,732 6,664 1,062
2008 6,976 5,873 1,074
2009 6,322 5,262 1,039
2010 718 640 72
2011 622 568 53
2012 3,414 2,810 593
2013 4,874 3,989 872
2014 4,870 3,976 876
2015 5,019 4,094 887
TOTAL 55,812 47,113 8,556
Source: Ministry of Justice, Criminal Justice System Statistics Publication

Convictions under S.7(6) of The Road Traffic Act 1988 (Failing to Provide an Evidential Specimen of Breath, Blood or Urine) while driving [1]


Between the years 2005 and 2015:

An average of 5,073 people were convicted of failing to provide a specimen for analysis while driving each year.

Out of the total number of people convicted of failing to provide a specimen for analysis while driving between 2005 and 2015:

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In Charge of a Vehicle While Over the Legal Limit (2005 - 2015)

A total of 20,434 people were charged with being in charge of a motor vehicle while over the legal limit during this period. Statistics show that 15,454 (76%) of defendants charged were subsequently convicted while 4,980 (24%) were not convicted.

In charge of a motor vehicle with excess alcohol
YEAR Convictions
(Total)
Convictions
(Male)
Convictions
(Female)
2005 1,692 1,510 182
2006 1,576 151 151
2007 1,444 1,425 174
2008 1,365 1,269 164
2009 1,499 1,295 197
2010 1,392 1,182 208
2011 1,362 1,177 184
2012 1,216 1,033 177
2013 1,271 1,064 201
2014 1,225 1,035 184
2015 1,412 1,171 231
TOTAL 15,454 13,352 2,053
Source: Ministry of Justice, Criminal Justice System Statistics Publication

Convictions under S.5(1)(b) of The Road Traffic Act 1988 (Being in charge of a motor vehicle with alcohol concentration above prescribed limit) [1]


Between the years 2005 and 2015:

An average of 1,405 people were convicted of being in charge of a motor vehicle on a road or other public place each year while over the legal limit.

Out of the total number of people convicted of being in charge of a motor vehicle while over the legal limit between 2005 and 2015:

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Fail To Provide Specimen for Analysis while in Charge of a Motor Vehicle (2005 - 2015)

A total of 7,481 people were charged with failing to provide a specimen for analysis while in charge of a motor vehicle during this period. Statistics show that 6,678 (89%) of defendants charged were subsequently convicted while 803 (11%) were not convicted.

In Charge of a Motor Vehicle (Fail to Provide)
YEAR Convictions
(Total)
Convictions
(Male)
Convictions
(Female)
2005 795 715 80
2006 757 660 97
2007 778 663 115
2008 570 483 85
2009 570 487 77
2010 502 430 71
2011 530 441 89
2012 506 411 92
2013 540 456 82
2014 542 449 93
2015 588 490 90
TOTAL 6,678 5,685 971
Source: Ministry of Justice, Criminal Justice System Statistics Publication

Convictions under S.7(6) of The Road Traffic Act 1988 (Failing to Provide an Evidential Specimen of Breath, Blood or Urine) while in charge of a motor vehicle [1]


Between the years 2005 and 2015:

An average of 871 people were convicted of failing to provide a specimen for analysis while being in charge of a motor vehicle on a road or other public place each year.

Out of the total number of people convicted of failing to provide a specimen for analysis while being in charge of a motor vehicle between 2005 and 2015:

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Last Updated: September 18 2016

Sources:

Ministry of Justice Statistics

Reference:

[1] Road Traffic Act 1988

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