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Drinking And Driving

Volume 228: debated on Thursday 8 July 1993

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will estimate for each year since 1967 the number of times a week people drive motor vehicles after consuming more than the legal limit for alcohol for drivers and the number of related deaths each year.

Such estimates are not available. However, the average weekly number of screening breath tests in England and Wales for the years 1968 to 1992 and the number of fatalities per year involving illegal alcohol levels are as follows:

Average number of screening breath tests per weekAnnual number of fatalities in accidents involving illegal alcohol levels1
1968980
19691,130
19701,400
19711,860
19722,310
19732,540
19742,380
19752,580
19762,580
19772,520
19782,730
19793,1501,790
19803,4601,570
19813,4001,540
19823,9801,670
19834,6301,200
19844,0001,280
19854,8101,130
19865,8301,060
19877,690980
19888,520840
198910,400870
199011,480800
199110,810700
199210,210

1 Source: Department of Transport. Figures for years prior to 1979 not available. Figures for 1992 not yet available.